LeRoy William Luitjens, 93, Luverne, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at his home.
A funeral service was Friday, Dec. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors was in the Worthington Memorial Garden cemetery.
LeRoy Luitjens was born June 10, 1924, to Henry and Helen (Hiedebrick) Luitjens on a farm near Reading,. He attended country school near his home and later Worthington High School. LeRoy was drafted into the United States Army in November of 1944. He received his basic training in Ft. Hood, Texas, and then entered the European Theatre of Operations on the day World War II ended. LeRoy served in the army of occupation in Austria.
While stationed in Hallien, LeRoy met Margarete Sonja Prem. The couple was married on July 9, 1947, at the Salem Presbyterian Church in Reading. After their marriage they moved to Graettinger, Iowa, and later to Worthington. LeRoy spent most of his life in construction, beginning with Hudson Brothers in Worthington and later for the Christensen Corporation as a construction superintendent. The family moved to Luverne in 1961 and built a new home in 1966, where he resided for over 30 years.
LeRoy was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne and served as an elder and trustee. He was also very active in the veterans organizations serving as Second District American Legion Commander in 1973. LeRoy served as Third District VFW Commander in 1983. He also served many years as VFW Post 2757 Quartermaster. LeRoy was a member of the Ben Franklin Lodge Masons, serving as Worshipful Master twice. He was High Priest of Living Arch Chapter in Worthington and also served several terms as Commander of Luverne Community #22. LeRoy belonged to the El Riad Shrine of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was past commander of the Rock County Shrine Club. He served on the board of the Rock County Historical Society and the Crippled Children’s Home in Worthington. He was one of the last two surviving members of the “Last Man” coffee clique.
LeRoy is survived by two sons, Guenther Luitjens, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and Roy (Rosemary) Luitjens, Bloomington, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Henry (Ida) Luitjens, Worthington, Delbert Luitjens, Des Moines, Iowa, and Dennis (Colleen) Luitjens, Worthington; and two sisters, Esther Scheepstra, Worthington, and Helen Markman, Worthington.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margarete, on June 27, 2015; an infant sister; one brother, Cecil Luitjens; and one sister, Arliss Luitjens.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com