Ashton Lankford


Ashton Adam Lankford, 22, of Keosauqua, passed away Monday, January 8, 2024 in Keosauqua.

Ashton was born February 22, 2001 in Keosauqua, the son of Adam Lankford and Sabrina Larski.

Ashton attended Fairfield High School where he was active in numerous sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track, and graduated in 2019. During and after high school, Ashton worked as a groundskeeper, landscaper, and welder.

When not working, Ashton enjoyed spending time outside and loved nature, hiking and running the trails of Lacey and Jefferson County Parks. Ashton also had a deep fondness for the Rocky Mountains and Colorado and would seldom stay on the trails, preferring to make his own path. However, Ashton’s love for nature would take a momentary pause if he happened to run into any bees or wasps. Ashton also loved spending time with friends and family playing Xbox, watching movies and listening to music and he could always be counted on to send a funny meme, reel, or GIF out of the blue.

Those left to honor his memory include his mother and step-father, Sabrina and Shawn Orte of Kalona, Iowa; father, Adam Lankford of Seattle, Washington; grandparents, Michele Larski of Keosauqua, Debi Lankford, of St. Louis, Missouri, Teresa Rosete of Keota, Iowa, and Steve and Tammy Orte of Clear Lake, Iowa; aunts and uncles, Shaena (Ben Harris) Powell, Heather Larski, Melissa (Mark)Hoffman, Rick (Lora) Kessler, Jodi Rigler, Amber (Steven) Mays, Jason Lankford, Courtney (Jake Brager) Orte, and Colton Orte; great-grandmother, Sharon Potter-Johnston; great-grandfather, Marvin Orte; cousins, Gavin and Elijah Powell, Coby Orte and Maizee Brager, Kristen McReynolds, Zac Simons, Logan Hoffman, and Kalya and Tasha Hoffman, Jordan Mays, and Zavien and Analise Mays; honorary brother, Maxwell Sullivan; and the rest of his large extended family as well as several friends with whom he shared much love and joy.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Chuck Powell; grandfather, Ren Rosete; great-grandparents, Mike Johnston and Jean Snow; cousin, Caleb Heisel; and his beloved pets, dogs Penny and Lily and goldfish Jimmy Neutron.

Memorial services celebrating his life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield. Friends may call after 12:00 p.m. with a visitation for friends and family from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, care of Sabrina Orte, 800 W. 3rd St., Kalona, IA 52247. There will food and visiting to follow at the Elks in Fairfield.

Online condolences may be made to Ashton’s family by viewing his obituary at

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