Lloyd L. Luedtke, 82, of Laurel, NE, died on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, NE. The funeral service for Lloyd will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Laurel, NE; Pastor Matthew Quanbeck will be officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at United Lutheran Church in Laurel. Burial with military honors will be at the Laurel Cemetery. Bressler - Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home of Wakefield is overseeing the services. Memorials can be directed to the family for future designation.
Lloyd was born on September 1, 1940, in Wisner, NE, the son of Herman and Evelyn (Rabe) Luedtke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wisner. Lloyd attended Wisner Public School. On August 20, 1962, he entered the United States Army Reserve, where he served for six years. He was united in marriage to Sharyl Ann Longe at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne, NE, on March 5, 1962. The couple made their home in Wisner for several years, before moving to a farm north of Wayne. In 1979, they moved into Laurel where they became members of United Lutheran Church. Early in his career, Lloyd worked at various feedlots near Wisner before farming on his own land. He later sold livestock feed as well as livestock water tanks for USA Tire, traveling throughout the Midwest. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 54, serving as a Commander for many years. Lloyd was also a member of the Tri-State Tractor Club. He enjoyed tractor drives, farm shows, hunting, and traveling. Most of all, Lloyd enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, great-grandkids, and two cats.
Lloyd is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharyl Ann Luedtke of Laurel, NE; son, Steve (Mitzi) Luedtke of Humphrey, NE; daughter, Sheila (Todd) Heitman of South Sioux City, NE; five grandchildren and their families, Tyler (Michaela) Heitman and their son, Luke, Justin (Katie) Heitman, and their children, Beckett and Thea, Jacob Luedtke, Cody Luedtke, and Krista Luedtke; and sister, Joleen Anderson of Wisner, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman, and Evelyn; daughter, Shelly Luedtke; father and mother-in-law Erwin and Ferne Longe; sister, Marion Holland; Brothers-in-law, Gail Anderson, Gene Holland, Dennis Longe; grandparents, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.