Reinhardt “Reiny” O. Luedeke, age 83, of Miltona, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Miltona with Rev. Terry Finnern officiating. Music is provided by organist, Deb Joachim and vocalists, Lezli Ann Luedeke, Libby Luedeke, and Quincy Luedeke. Interment will take place at the church cemetery. Full military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard and Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219.
A visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m., Friday, January 10, at the Miltona Community Center in Miltona and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Reinhardt Otto Luedeke was born at home on September 16, 1936, to Otto and Elsa (Lufft) Luedeke in Parkers Prairie. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Reiny grew up in town and attended Parkers Prairie schools walking 12 blocks (uphill both ways) every day until his graduation in 1954. He served his country in the Navy for four years and returned home following his honorable discharge. Reiny was united in marriage to Marcia Froemming on November 12, 1960, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Together they raised their three boys. At a young age, Reiny helped his father make and lay concrete blocks, which helped lay a foundation for his future career in the concrete industry. In 1967, Reiny and Ralph Beulke started their own concrete business called R&R Ready-Mix, Inc. After continued success and expansion of the business, Reiny’s sons purchased the business in 1998, and have maintained their family legacy to date. He was an exceptional member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, holding several leadership positions, including the caretaker of the church cemetery for the last several years. He was a member of the Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219 and served as their commander for 20 years. He was also a member of the Vintage Car Club and involved in the planning and participation of Rose City Threshing. In addition to his organization memberships, his hobbies were restoring tractors, woodworking, and making sausage.
Reiny is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Minnie; sisters, Hilda and Charlotte; and step-brother, Carl Lufft.
Reiny is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marcia Luedeke; three sons, Paul (Geri) Luedeke, Mark (Cheri) Luedeke, and David (Kelly) Luedeke all of Miltona; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Crystal), Cydnee, Quincy, Clayton, Jessica (Brad), Payton, Luke, Lezli Ann, and Libby; and nine great-grandchildren, Riaden, Naomi, Gwen, Parker, Ally, Alayna, Jaxton, Om, and Khaz; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Luke Luedeke, Clayton Luedeke, Brandon Luedeke, Michael Schnackenberg, Joe Zastrow and Tim Baas. Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters.