Darold Loecker, age 86, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Scott Traynor officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, on Wednesday, November 28 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are Kyle Hoelting, Daryl Hoelting, Nathan Deal, David Darold Hoelting, Clair Donovan, Randy Donovan and Mark Loecker.
Darold was born June 6, 1932 in Menominee, Nebraska to John and Anne (Schwartz) Loecker. He grew up in Menominee and graduated from Yankton High School. Darold then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and Minneapolis Brown Radio Institute. Darold also served in the US Naval Air Reserve.
He married Geri Weiland on September 1, 1956 in Madison, Nebraska. After their marriage, they lived in Yankton where Darold worked at KYNT Radio. He started as a radio announcer, then became a sales manager and served as the station's general manager. In the late 1970's, Darold was appointed the director of Lewis and Clark Rural Health Education and Service Agency and served in this capacity until his retirement in the late 90's.
Darold had many blessings and joys in his life. He considered it an honor to be an active member of the Catholic Church. He believed it was important to give honor and glory to God in gratitude and also to be an example to his children-showing them the importance of charity and service to others. He was a past member of Sacred Heart and a current member of St. Benedict's where he served on the building committee, the parish council as president, worked on the capital campaigns and the foundation. Serving as a lector at Mass was very important to him as was his involvement with the Knights of Columbus for his entire adult life. The organization provided him the opportunity to lead and serve others as being their Grand Knight, District Deputy and State Deputy.
In the past, he was involved in the Yankton Chamber of Commerce, the Yankton Little League program and the Senior Center.
He took great pleasure in interacting with his friends, playing cards, and discussing world problems over coffee. He often reminded them of current and future charitable needs in their community and upcoming fund raising opportunities for them. If he sensed the slightest hesitation in his requests for funds, he had a way re-packaging the request and "no" wasn't an option. Darold also enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and golfing with his family and friends.
Darold is survived by his wife, Geri Loecker of Yankton; three children: Kim (Daryl) Hoelting of Salina, KS, June (Stan) Deal of Fort Myers, FL and Mike (Tami) Loecker of Lawrence, KS; seven grandchildren: Kyle, Tracy, and David Darold Hoelting, Nathan Deal, Abby (Joe) Krebbs, Chad and Ryan Loecker; one great granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Krebbs; and a sister, Mae Donovan of Chamberlain, SD.
Darold was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne Loecker; grandson, Andrew Deal in infancy; and one brother, Leon Loecker.
The family would prefer memorials to St. Benedict Catholic Church, Yankton Catholic Community Foundation or to a church of your choice.
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I was so sorry to hear of Darold's death. May God grant you comfort and peace.
So sorry to hear about Darold's death. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
Sorry to hear of Darold's death. Always enjoyed visiting and our conversations about the Knights of Columbus. He had a real passion for serving and educating others. Will miss him.
We are so surprised and saddened to learn of Darold's passing. What a wonderful man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad and glorious time of his passing and reuniting with Christ. May the Lord bless him and provide comfort to your entire family as they journey through his past and final presentation to God.
Larry & Jane Rupiper - Arizona
Darold was one of the first people I met 20+ years ago when I moved to the area. He was so intelligent and gave so freely his ideas and thoughts on any and all issues. He was a no-nonsense pragmatic man who was genuinely committed to his church family and community. I respected and appreciated any and all feedback Darold gave me. Not sure whether he realized it but I learned a lot from working with him, he was a mentor and will be missed. Geri I am praying for you and your family. You are a special lady.
I worked with and for Darold @ KYNT for a total of 8 years in the 60s & 70s. I am saddened at his Death. I am also a native Nebraskan, Seward. That gave us a common bond. I liked his broadcast of Yankton Laker Baseball games...and he was thrilled at the Lakers winning the State Championship. I and my late wife, Vel, left Yankton in June of 1978. I have occasionally searched his name on the Internet I had great respect for Darold. I did meet Geri several times over the years...mostly at KYNT Christmas parties. Darold's death closes my initial Chapter, 1962-64 with KYNT. Darold...I will miss you.
I was so sad to read about Darold's death. I've spent alot of time since them remembering - I remember the day I interviewed with Darold and the many adventures of working with him. I could write a book! He was one to always be thinking outside of the box and accomplished much in his life. He was a boss, leader, and friend. He will be missed by so many friends whose lives he touched. I am grateful for the years of friendship. He will be missed by many but also remembered for the many positive things he did - always being humbled by his accomplishments. Darold has a loving family who will need to share their memories during this sad time and will hold him in their hearts forever.
I feel blessed to have known Darold. I donâ€™t know a man with greater integrity who stood by his beliefs any more than he did. He was a great role model for us and his legacy will live on. Rest In Peace!
Joyce Hoelting Ratcliff
Geri and family
Please know of my sympathy at Darold's death and of my prayers for him and you today and in the days ahead.
Fr Ken Bain
sorry for loss.he live close me.he wanted start 4 h for me but dad would let.i never for get he show inster in me
My sincere sympathy and prayers. I always enjoyed the times I had with Darold when I was at Sacred Heart parish.
Fr. Frank McNeil
We are so sorry to hear of Darold's passing. I met him while working for Bernie Hunhoff and the Observer. Darold was always in touch with so many organizations and always promoting something. 30 plus later, he still kept in touch with me collecting donations towards great community causes. He was always a joy to visit with - very intelligent and concerned about my life and family, etc . . . We will miss him.
Jolene and Jeff Steffen
Our sincere sympathy in the loss of Darold. God's blessings to your family.
Marty & Jan Jans
Geri, My condolences to you and family on your loss. My thoughts and prayers to all.
Charlotte (Goeden) Kirkitelos
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