Richard "Rich" Luebbert, age 69, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Monday, July 20, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Monday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Honorary pallbearers are: Wayne Pibal, Larry Haas, Keith Kocmick, Glen Koch, Dan Groetken, Isaiah Groetken, and Christian Groetken.
Rich was born June 17, 1946, in Hurley, South Dakota, to Otto and Minnie (Spaet) Luebbert. He grew up and attended school in Yankton, graduating from Yankton High School in 1964. He married Norma Kowalski on August 23, 1964 in Scotland, South Dakota. After their marriage they lived in Yankton for a short time, where Rich worked for Morgan Manufacturing, until moving to Scotland, South Dakota. Rich owned and operated Scotland Repair for 3 ½ years until returning to Yankton in 1973. He began working for Truck Trailer Sales and Service which later became Dakota Trailer in Yankton and continued working there for over 30 years. He was most recently employed by Gehl Manufacturing in Yankton until he retired in 2008. Rich worked many side jobs as well throughout his career. He became one of the first certified aluminum welders in the area and helped on many jobs for the Corps of Engineers.
Rich was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton and enjoyed dancing, playing pool, hunting, trap shooting, fishing, camping, and racing stock cars, motorcycles and snowmobiles. He was a very skilled metal worker, creating many decorations and displays for his wife. He was a true handyman who could fix anything, whether it be electrical, plumbing, auto body, or mechanical. He was a perfectionist who worked very hard, often two or three jobs at a time, to always make sure his family was cared for. He was best friends with his daughter, Lisa and loved his grandsons dearly.
Survivors include his wife of almost 51 years, Norma Luebbert of Yankton; daughter, Lisa (Dan) Groetken of Yankton; two grandsons: Isaiah and Christian Groetken of Yankton; sister, Corrine (Dennis) Hauge of Mitchell, South Dakota; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Gertrude Polster, and father and mother-in law, Chris and Elsie Kowalski.
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Lisa we are so sorry for your loss. I know what its like to lose a parent unexpectandly. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.
Remember your dad is always with you in your heart. Take care, Val Novak
Val & Al Novak
So sorry for your loss. I am not sure if you remember me, but we worked together and SDHSC several years ago. I hope there are better days ahead for you and your family.
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Meeting you all in ICU was my pleasure. May God bless you in the hard days ahead and carry you when you are weary. Prayers continue for you all.
Words, however kind, can't take away the pain of the loss you are feeling right now. Please find some comfort and peace of mind knowing that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. On behalf of the entire Day (Ellis) family, we are thinking of you, praying for peace and comfort, and wishing you strength during this tremendously difficult time.
Judi L. Day (Ellis)
Lisa... So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss. Rich was a kind man and always had time to stop and visit when we rented from him. The kids loved him, he had a treat or something cold to drink for them.
May he go in peace and our prayers are with you.
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