Arthur 'Art' Laury Lamensdorf, Sr.
Arthur Laury Lamensdorf, Sr., passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Art was born in Chicago, Ill., on September 21, 1932, to Charles and Pearl Lamensdorf.
Art grew up in Chicago, and graduated from Tilden Technical High School in 1949. He joined the Navy in 1949, and was on both active and reserve duty as a petty officer, 2nd class, until January 1954. He sailed on the U.S.S. Grand Canyon AD28, U.S.S. William Keith DD 775, and the U.S.S. Stribling DD 867. Art was awarded the Navy Occupational Services Medal and the National Defense Service Medal for his work during the Korean War between March 1952 and January 1954.
Towards the end of his military service, he met Mae Klemp, the love of his life. They were married July 2, 1954, in Chicago, Ill., and were married for 57 years. They had two children, Art Jr. and Mark.
After leaving Chicago and moving to North Hollywood, Calif., Art's first career began at the city of Beverly Hills Police Department, from August 1957 until July 1959, where he worked the patrol unit and traffic unit. Art applied to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. in 1959, and was hired July, 1959. During his career, Art took many police science courses and graduated from Auto Theft Investigators School at San Jose State University. He also received a State of California advanced post certification during this time. He was promoted to sergeant in 1968. His sergeants supervisory training was completed in 1969. In 1971, he graduated from the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California.
Always looking for a way to continue learning and helping others, Art had job assignments as a detective, in search and rescue, major crimes in Metro Bureau, and at the sheriff's academy. As a deputy, he solved crimes of auto theft, burglary, sex crimes, major crimes, and did background investigations.
After retiring from the sheriff's department in 1981, Art became an entrepreneur who owned and operated three franchised motorcycle shops in Los Angeles, Calif., until 1990. He was also part owner of The Fantastic Indoor Swap Meet, the largest indoor swap meet in Las Vegas, Nev.
After moving to Medford, Ore., in 1990, Art bought Star Body Works and Star Towing, working with both of his sons in the businesses. He invested in several real estate properties as well. He continued to stay active as a volunteer with the police departments in Central Point, Medford and with the Jackson County sheriff's department during the last ten years of his life.
His many hours of volunteer work with the Boy Scouts and other organizations made him loved by all, and quite popular. Art had 15 years of perfect attendance at the Rotary Club meetings. He was a Mason for over 50 years. He was a Shriner Noble of the Mystic Shine since 1992, and a Scout Master for the Order of the Arrow. He achieved the Cedar Badge. Art also was named in the N.R.A. Legion of Honor.
It is obvious that Art lived an accomplished life, but his passion in life was spending time with his family. There were many fishing trips made with his sons and grandsons, where he would be sitting in a chair with a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other. His other passion was reading. He was never afraid to tackle any obstacles in life.
He is survived by his wife, Mae; his sister, Laverne Borchers, of Chicago, Ill.; his sons, Art, Jr. (56), and Mark (50), both of Medford, Ore. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Ashley (22), Travis (20), and Jacob (11). Art was a devoted and loving family man. He selflessly gave of himself to his wife, sons, and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, 425 Middle Street, on Thursday, July 14, at 11a.m.