In loving memory of

Louis F Sandersfeld
May 14, 1932 - October 21, 2020

Williamsburg- Louis Frederick Sandersfeld was born May 14, 1932 on the farm near Williamsburg, Iowa, the son of Millen Frederick and Emma Anna Louise (Schwarting) Sandersfeld. He was confirmed June 2, 1946 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. He attended Lutheran Interparish School and graduated from Williamsburg Jr./Sr. High School in 1950. Louis entered the Army in 1953 and received the National Defense Medal in Medical Company and the Army of Occupational Medal in Germany. On November 4, 1956, Louis was united in marriage to Helen Joan Ohland in Malcom, Iowa. He farmed with his father, drove Delivery truck for the Amana Society Bakery, sold livestock feed for Walnut Grove 4x4 Feed and Yoder Feed Mill. He retired from housekeeping at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Louis was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Williamsburg and the Iburg Poulson VFW- Post #8797. He loved his hobby farm, moving to the Sandersfeld homestead, raising a variety of Fancy Chicken Breeds, sheep, cattle, horses, goats, rabbits, Peacocks, hogs, and at one point a Texas Longhorn. Attended many Iowa poultry shows (Eastern Iowa Poultry Association Show) and State Fairs. Louis won awards for his Plymouth Barred Rock, Light/Dark Brahma, and Bluff Plymouth Rock. Louis and wife Helen had a love of gardening, working the farmer's market and collecting antiques. Louis took up the guitar at a young age playing from ear. He was a member of the Buzzin Cousins Country Band, where he played piano and guitar at a various venues. Louis died on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Amana Retirement Community-Colonial Manor in Amana, Iowa at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his seven children: Marie (William) Aldeman of Coralville, Laura (Denny) McCaw of Tiffin, Anita (Tim) Reihmann of Marengo, Mark Sandersfeld and friend Colleen of Amana, Audrey Dimmer and friend Gary of Williamsburg, Vince (Amy) Sandersfeld of Longwood, Florida and Leon Sandersfeld of Frytown; fifteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; two sisters Elaine Wardenburg of Williamsburg and Joan (Harlan) Heitman of Sioux Falls, SD; and a brother-in-law Paul Ohland of Fort Collins, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a great granddaughter Zoe Sandersfeld; two sisters Phyllis Iburg and Evelyn Gerard; and a brother Verne M Sandersfeld.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Masks and social distancing is encouraged. Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Interparish School. Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg is caring for Louis and his family. Messages and tributes may be left at


Tom Sandersfeld wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"Louis has had a nice smile on his face. You have our condolences. Tom and Sheryl Sandersfeld "

Stephanie Meyer Kinney wrote on Oct 25, 2020:

"Our sincere condolences to the family. I remember Louis and his family well while growing up. Terry and Stephanie (Meyer) Kinney"

Rudy and Carolyn Heitshusen Moritz wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"Rudy and I want you to know we are sorry to hear this but we know today Louis, your mom My parents, Ella and Ray, Emma, Millen all are all playin piano with fiddle and singing Praises to God xoxo Rudy and carolyn Moritz"

Janet Balvin wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"Sending my sympathy to Louis? family. My mom (Madeline) lived across the hall from Louis at Colonial Manor until she passed away in June. I remember seeing Louis when we could go inside to visit. It sounds like he lived a very fulfilling life. Janet (Arens) Balvin"

Gordon L. von Ahsen wrote on Oct 24, 2020:

"Oh my gosh, sad to hear, but happy to read all about his life and it brings back many many memories. I remember him playing guitar, and especially the steel guitar that he could make sound like it was singing. A favorite person to have known and be around, and remember the many country wedding celebrations where he would play his guitar with an improvised bad at all the country wedding celebrations. God bless you all as you celebrate Louis's life. From the family of Orville and Liz von Ahsen just down the road a bit east, a mile and a half from where he grew up."

Karla Starckovich wrote on Oct 23, 2020:

"My mother worked with Louis for many years at the University. She got to know Louis and Helen very well and has very fond memories of both. We are all very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to your family. Margaret Lown and Karla (Lown) Starckovich "

Gary and Vickie Williams wrote on Oct 23, 2020:

"Sending hugs to you all. Your dad was a special person. He is with the old gang again!??"