Gordon Lasley Sr., 60, and Kim Renee Lasley, 57, of Tama, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at their home. Traditional Graveside Services will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Morgan Cemetery on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama with Larry Craig Lasley Sr. and Alex Walker Jr. as speakers. A Traditional Wake will take place Friday evening at the Tribal Center on the Meskwaki Settlement.
Gordon was born on August 18, 1953 on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama, Iowa, the son of Jessup and Leila (Buffalo) Lasley. Kim was born on September 27, 1956 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard and Barbara (Waseskuk) Johnson. Gordon and Kim graduated from South Tama High School. They were both employed at the Meskwaki Casino with Gordon working in the Maintenance Department and Kim in the Keno Department. Gordon was a champion fancy dancer, liked to paint and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a star basketball player with the Meskwaki Bucks. Kim enjoyed traveling, spending time with the family and she loved her Motown music. Gordon and Kim were married on December 11, 1976 on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama, Iowa. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Nadine Big Bear, Violet Cleveland and Eloise Lasley; his grandparents, Harvey and Kewanee (Whitebreast) Lasley. Kim was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Pansy Waseskuk; and a nephew, Anthony Kapayou. Survivors include their children, Tysin (Nyla) Lasley, Tyler (Nahmi) Lasley, Tyla Lasley and Gordon (Antonia) Lasley Jr. all of Tama; Seventeen grandchildren; Kim's parents, Leonard and Barbara Johnson of Tama; Gordon's brothers, Mark Lasley and Clark Lasley both of Tama; Gordon's sisters, Carmen (Myron Sr.) Wanatee, Priscilla (Donald Sr.) Wanatee, Peggy (Joe Sr.) Wanatee, Patsy Lasley, Stella (Ray) Youngbear, Eloise (James) Ironshell all of Tama and Darlene Snowball of Denver, CO; Kim's brothers, Calvin (Galene) Johnson, Mike (Kathleen) Stacey, Kent (Deanna) Johnson and Kyle (Tamela) Johnson all of Tama; Kim's sisters, Esther Stubblefield, Reno, Nev., Kelly Sam, Karena (Demetreus) Johnson, Kyla (Alfredo) Martinez and Kristina Johnson all of Tama; Gordon's four aunts; Gordon's adopted father, Sean Keahna; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gordon Lalsey Sr. and Kim Renee Lasley