Lois Kelly

Lois M. Kelly, 73, South Sioux City, Neb., died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, in her home.

Services were Monday, Aug. 21, at First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City. The Rev. Dale Jirousek officiated.

Lois Kraetsch was born to George Ferdinand and Emmy Amanda (Moeller) Kraetsch on Nov. 29, 1926, in Ellsworth. She was raised in Ellsworth and graduated from Magnolia High School in Magnolia.

She married Keith (Bud) Kelly on Oct. 14, 1949, in Minnesota. She had lived in Siouxland since 1952. She and her husband started Adcraft in 1962.

Mrs. Kelly was a member of First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City. She enjoyed spending time at Lake Okoboji with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Bud Kelly, South Sioux City; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Holly Kelly and Bruce and Marilyn Kelly, all of South Sioux City; one daughter and son-in-law, Kim Kelly and Steve Nichelson, Lincoln, Neb.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Rose Mary Kraetsch, Kasson, Vernon and Ardoth Kraetsch, Windom, and Floyd and Mary Kraetsch, Luverne; one sister and brother-in-law, Twila and Bob Kirsch, Hills; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.

Emil Ketterling

Emil Ketterling, 88, Luverne, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, in Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

Services were Saturday, Aug. 19, in St. Catherine Church, Luverne. The Rev. Andrew Beerman officiated. Burial was in St. Catherine Cemetery, Luverne.

Emil Ketterling was born to Andrew and Christina (Bietz) Ketterling on March 17, 1912, in Emery, S.D. He attended country school in rural McClain County, N.D. He entered the U.S. Army in March 1942. He served his country during World War II in the 159th Infantry and the 766th Military Police. He was discharged in May 1945.

He married Rosabelle Casey on Nov. 10, 1945, in South St. Paul. After their marriage the couple lived in South St. Paul where he worked at Chrysler Plymouth. In 1949 they moved to Luverne where he drove a truck for the city of Luverne.

Mr. Ketterling attended St. Catherine Church in Luverne. He enjoyed gardening and sold vegetables from his garden.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Brenda Ketterling, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Bill and Carolyn Ketterling, Luverne; four grandsons, Mike, Scott, Tom and Jason Ketterling; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, Gilbert Ketterling and Richard and Nora Ketterling, all of Luverne.

Mr. Ketterling was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rosabelle, in 1995, one son, Edward, in 1963, and an infant sister.

Holm-Dingmann Funeral Home, Luverne, was in charge of arrangements.

Lowell Meinerts

Lowell Merlyn Meinerts, 72, Farmington, formerly of Luverne, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at his residence after a brief illness.

Services were Wednesday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church in Luverne. The Rev. Thomas J. Mabe officiated. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Military honors were provided by the South Dakota Air National Guard.

Lowell Merlyn Meinerts was born to John and Frieda (Bruns) Meinerts on Oct. 25, 1928, in Lyon County, Iowa. He moved with his family to a farm south of Luverne in 1941.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at Minneapolis on Jan. 3, 1951. He was honorably discharged from active duty on Jan. 4, 1955. He made his career as an aviation mechanic with the South Dakota Air National Guard. He retired having attained the rank of master sergeant in 1984. Following his retirement he continued his lifelong love for airplanes as a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic and aircraft inspector. Recently he maintained a hangar at the Airlake Airport in Lakeville.

He married Martha Nelson on June 4, 1960, in Luverne. They made their home on a farm south of Luverne. In September 1997 they moved to a townhome in Farmington which allowed them to live closer to their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Meinerts attended First Baptist Church in Luverne. Since moving to Farmington he attended Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville where he participated in Men’s Bible Study.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Meinerts, Farmington; one son and daughter-in-law, Merlyn and Lisa Meinerts, Farmington; two daughters and one son-in-law, Marita Meinerts, Apple Valley, and Rebecca and Rich Faatz, Plymouth; three grandchildren, Hannah, Zachary and Rachel Meinerts; and seven brothers and sisters, Enola and Gerald Kortlever, George and Sharon Meinerts, Allan and Evonne Meinerts, all of Luverne, Lylamae and Jim VandeBerg, Brewster, John and Linda Meinerts, Owatonna, Louise Wylie, Carlsbad, Calif., and Carl and Norma Meinerts, Spring Town, Texas.

Mr. Meinerts was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Claryce Phillips.

Engebretson Funeral Home, Luverne, was in charge of arrangements.
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