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Landon H. Risteen died on April 30, 2013 at his home in Chicago.

He was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1927. Risteen moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1930, and called Baraboo home until he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a teaching degree in 1950. Risteen's teaching plans were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. He was stationed with the 3rd and 14th Field Hospital in Tongnae, Korea, where he was the NCO in charge of the hospital's operating rooms.

After he returned to civilian life in 1952, Risteen taught high school English in Stoughton, Wisconsin. These years turned out to be the springboard for his entry into the educational publishing business with Scott, Foresman & Co., a career he continued for 35 years. He worked his way up through both sales and editorial divisions of the company and counted as the highlight of his career his years as Editor-in-Chief during the 1970s when the company was America's largest school-book publisher. Following retirement from Scott, Foresman, Risteen worked as a consultant for both McDougal, Littell & Co., and Pearson.

Risteen's career in the book business did not prevent him from life-long participation in and enjoyment of sports and music. He was highly competitive in tennis and golf and his love for all kinds of music began early, fostered in particular by his high school music director. He performed with the University of Wisconsin Men's Chorus, the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, where he was a member of the Board of Directors for several years, and the Renaissance Chorus at the Chicago Cultural Center. Risteen also sang with many barbershop quartets, choruses, and church choirs.

In 1952 Risteen married Janice Holmen of Viroqua, Wisconsin. She survives him as do three of their four children: Debbie (Dave) Mercer of Oak Park, Illinois; Jenny (Jim) Hoffman of Burlington, Wisconsin; and Andy (Paige) of Green Valley, Arizona. Other survivors include seven grandchildren; Jeff Worthington, Nick Tofilon, Angela Kerrigan, Will and Richie Hoffman, and Aaron and Claire Mercer; one great-grandchild, James Kerrigan; and Risteen's sister, Betty Hasselkus of Madison, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff (Terry), and his sister, Eleanor Gordon.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date.

Donations in Mr. Risteen's memory can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, 666 Broadway, Suite 825, New York, NY 10012

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or www.cremation-society.com.