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Orville E. Luepke 1922-2010

Oct 21, 2010

A funeral service for Orville E. Luepke will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at Harbor of Joy Lutheran Church in Milford. Visitation will be held Sunday, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Schuchert Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Emmetsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Orville’s name.

The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Orville Edgar Luepke was born in Windom, MN on Aug. 4, 1922. His family moved from near Delft, MN to Storm Lake when he was eight months old. He graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1939, then worked for Storm Lake Floral Co. for the next two years. In 1941 he completed a course in engineering drafting at Iowa State College (now ISU) and moved to Chicago where he worked in the defense industry.

He was married to Dorothy Ann Christensen in Storm Lake on April 5, 1942. They continued living in Chicago until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944. Still state-side on VJ Day, he finished his military service in the Philippines after the war as an MP, and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1946.

The couple moved back to Storm Lake where he worked again at Storm Lake Floral until 1948 when he began farming near Sulphur Springs. A farm injury in 1962 prompted his continuing education at Buena Vista College where he completed his BA in 1966, moved off the farm to Storm Lake, and started teaching at Marathon. He received his MA from The University of South Dakota in 1970 and moved to Emmetsburg where he worked as a guidance counselor until his retirement in 1985. He worked summers as a painter.

Dorothy was killed in an auto accident in 1985. Orville married Anne McLaughlin of Brooklyn, NY on Sept. 4, 1989 and lived with her in Brooklyn. She passed away in 2003. He moved to a retirement apartment in Spirit Lake in 2009 where he lived until shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 19, 2010 at the age of 88.

Orville was a devout Christian and was very active in the Lutheran Church and later the Catholic Church. His hobbies were gardening and woodworking. He was a skilled carpenter who built several houses and farm buildings. He was a 40-year member of Kiwanis, about which he wrote in his 1999 autobiography, “it (my membership) has given me much satisfaction to be with people and an organization whose basic precepts agree with what I have tried to live by: loving your neighbor and helping the indigent, the young, the elderly, and the handicapped.” Orville will be severely missed by his family and friends.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand Wilhelm Luepke and Edna Magdalene Proehl Luepke, and by his siblings, Lambert John Luepke, Elna Edna Tomforde, and Lois Lorraine Forman, as well as step-son Joseph McLaughin.

He is survived by sons Brian Luepke of Okoboji, his wife Sheri, grandchildren Ellen Layton of Chicago, IL, her husband Orion and their daughter Beatrice, and Paul of Columbus, MT, his wife Shannon and son Hank; Charles McKinstry-Luepke of Lakeville, MN, his wife Ann, grandsons Aaron of Salt Lake City, UT, Cody and Jesse, of Lakeville; Jack Luepke of Arroyo Grande, CA, his wife Barby, grandchildren Jackson and Halley-Anne, of Arroyo Grande; and Michael Luepke of Des Moines, his wife Gwen, and grandchildren Julie and David of Des Moines. He is also survived by step-son David McLaughlin of Brooklyn, NY and his wife Svetlana; step-daughter Rita Walter of North Brunswick, NJ, her husband Norm, and step-grandchildren Brian Walter, his wife Rosalina and son Damian, Jillian Kordzikowski and sons Hunter and Tyler, and Amy Walter; step daughter-in-law Donna McLaughlin (wife of the late Joseph McLaughlin) and step- grandchildren Deborah, Matthew and Michael.