Keith Lemke

Keith Lemke

Keith Herbert Lemke, 83, Hardwick, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage in Luverne.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Assembly of God Church in Luverne. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota, at a later date.

Keith Lemke was born on March 26, 1937, to Herbert and Elsie (Claussen) Lemke at the Luverne Community Hospital in Luverne. He was raised on the family farm near Hardwick. He attended school through the eighth grade in Hardwick and continued on at Luverne High School, graduating in 1955.

Following high school, Keith remained home and helped his parents with the farming operation. He was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Germany until his honorable discharge. He returned home and continued farming. Keith also drove a school bus route from Hardwick to Luverne for several years.

Keith took great pride in his work. He enjoyed crop farming, raising cattle and hogs and loved his red Case IH and Minneapolis Moline tractors. He was known as a soft-spoken, kind, thoughtful person.

Later in life, Keith met Jonna Dull, and on Sept. 6, 1996, the couple was married in Sturgis, South Dakota. They made their home in Hardwick, and Keith began attending the First Assembly of God Church. Keith retired from farming in 2018 due to health issues.

He is survived by his wife, Jonna; stepchildren Lisa (Gary) Trudeau of Hardwick and Greg (Cheryl) Wilcox of Rapid City, South Dakota; two stepgranddaughters; one stepgreat-grandson; two sisters, Imogene Krogmann of Luverne and Joycelyn (Milton) Abraham of Janesville; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law John Krogmann, and his nephew Timothy Abraham.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne,

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