Lawrence Edward Landes was born the son of William Henry and Effie Susan (McClung) Landes, March 28, 1915 in Coffey, Mo.
Lawrence grew up and went to school in Coffey, where he also worked on the family farm.
He joined the U.S. Army in October of 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Lawrence married Gracia Belle Brown on May 26, 1943 in King City, Mo., while on furlough. After