John Henry "Jack" Lammers, age 88 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Owen Korte and Rev Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the church with a Vigil Service at 4:30 pm. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be his 14 grandchildren.
Jack was born on March 7, 1928 at rural Fordyce, Nebraska to Anton John and Cecelia Carmen (Sudbeck) Lammers. He grew up on a farm in the Fordyce area and attended the Lammers Ranch School and St. John's Elementary School. He attended the Fordyce Public High school for 2 years and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1946. He farmed with his father until he married LaVerta Thompson on September 24, 1951 at Crofton, Nebraska. They made their home on a farm east of Pleasant Valley, Nebraska. In 1964 they moved to a farm south of Fordyce. Jack raised short horn cattle, enjoyed training work horses, and was one of the last farmers in Cedar County to sew oats with a team of horses.
Jack was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and had an hour of perpetual adoration for many years. He enjoyed visiting with God during that holy hour as well as anyone who happened to enter the church. Jack loved to visit and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was an avid card player and loved playing cards of all types with anyone who was willing. He imparted that skill on his grandchildren at very young ages with the card game he invented called Look Alikes. His grandchildren will never forget playing Look Alikes with Grandpa Jack. He was a history buff and had an unmatched memory for dates and details. He spent hours at the kitchen table telling stories to his family. His vivid stories and quick humor will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, LaVerta Lammers of Hartington; 7 children and their spouses, Carol and Martin Ahrens of Manning, Iowa; Keith Lammers of Yankton, SD; Debra and William Kremer of Philomath, OR; Kevin and Sharon Lammers of Hartington; Kelly and Mary Lammers of Hartington; Jill and Dave Wubben of Hartington; Linda and Jim Reese of Yankton, SD;14 grandchildren, Valery Ahrens, Nick Ahrens, Ben Ahrens, Kodi Lammers, Matt Kremer, Sam Kremer, Kari Olson, Jara Goeden, Anthony Wubben, Adam Wubben, Sydney Lammers, Carter Lammers, Willow Reese, Paige Reese, 4 great grandchildren, Levi and Brea Goeden, Macy and Mallory Olson, 4 siblings, Linus Lammers of Hartington, Beata Lammers of Hartington, Richard Lammers of Yucaipa, CA and Roman and Marge Lammers of Calimesa, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 infant sisters, Catherine and Lorraine.
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I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Jack, and was humbled to visit with him in the hospital. My prayers and support are with all of you.
Rev. Michael D. Schmitz
Our thoughts and prayers to the family in the loss of Jack.
Rodney & Janet Newton
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Father Jack. May God bless you with the strength to deal with the grief.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
I have nothing but good memories of Grandpa Jack and the conversations we had. I'll carry them with me always.
I love you Grandpa Jack! Rest peacefully in heaven.
Rest in peace Grandpa Jack.
Your Grandson, Ben John Ahrens
I liked visiting Grandpa's farm when I was little...Always wished we lived closer so we could visit more. He will be missed.
Keith and Kelly, I am so very sorry for your loss. It appears he was an amazing man. You should feel comforted in the fact you have an angel in heaven watching over you!
Patty (Stevens) Ticknor
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