HURON — Laurel Liedtke, 90, of Huron, died Feb. 9, 2013, at Surprise, Ariz. His funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bethesda Church, with the Rev. Roy Burket officiating. Burial will be in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the Kuhler Funeral Home, with his family present from 6 to 8 p.m. The family requests memorial donations be made to National Jewish Health, P.O. Box 17169, Denver, Colo., 80217-0169 or Bethesda Church of Huron, 1530 Frank Ave. SE, Huron, SD, 57350. Visit www.kuhlerfuneralhome.com.
Laurel Liedtke was born June 29, 1922, to Carl and Pauline (Heitzman) Liedtke at Wessington. Laurel grew up on a farm near Wessington. He graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1940. After high school, he spent five years farming for two uncles. In 1945, he began working for Northwestern Public Service, where he remained until retiring in 1983, after 38 years.
He married Carrol Mees in 1945, in Huron. They were happily married for 52 years. He married Betty Hofer in 2000.
Laurel was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and Bethesda Church of Huron. He sang in church choirs, and served in various roles for the churches he attended throughout his life. He enjoyed watching sports on television, traveling to his home in Arizona, farming, playing cards with family and friends, and spending time with his family.
Laurel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carrol; two grandchildren, Brodie and Joshua Liedtke; his sister, Lydia Liedtke Weber; and four brothers, Frederick, Edwin, Reuben and Chester.
Laurel is survived by his wife, Betty of Huron; his sons, Dennis (Linda) of Huron, Wayne (Lois) of Windsor, Colo. and Morris (Irene) of Huron; his daughter, Jan (Phil Schweizer) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his sister, Eunice Liedtke of Wessington Springs; his grandchildren, Bradley, Dawn, Daniel, Nathan, Jesse and Katherine; his great-grandchildren, Melina, Brice, Reagan, Alyson, Carson, Lawson and Duncan; and his nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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