Luverne H. Mayer
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Luverne H. Mayer, age 88, of Yankton, South Dakota, and formerly of Wakonda, South Dakota, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 11:30 AM on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the South Dakota Army National Guard. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Aaron Mayer, Kevin Mayer, Brian Mayer, Matthew Mayer, Michael Mayer, and Lynn Eckman.

Luverne H. Mayer was born July 28, 1925, in Clay County, South Dakota to Charles and Olivia (Thrane) Mayer. He grew up on the family farm 2 miles south of Wakonda and attended school in Wakonda. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1943 and enjoyed performing in the school plays, singing in the choir, and playing basketball. He also met his high school sweetheart, Beulah Kjeldseth, and later married her in 1945. Luverne enlisted in the United States Army in 1945 and served his country during World War II until his discharge in 1947. He returned to the family farm after the war and continued to farm and raise horses the majority of his life. He moved to Yankton in the early 80's and began working construction, with two of his sons, for Mayer Construction in Yankton. In 2010, Luverne's health forced him to enter assisted living in Yankton and later the nursing home in Wakonda.

Luverne was a member of the Yankton Moose Lodge and the Yankton Elks Lodge as well as a lifetime member of the Yankton VFW and was honored with the World War II honor flight to Washington D.C. in June of 2011. He loved horses, farming, dancing, and singing.

Survivors include his three sons: Larry Mayer of Yankton; Darrel (Elena) Mayer of Rock Rapids, Iowa; and Merle Mayer of Des Moines, Iowa; 10 grandchildren: Jill, Aaron, Angela, Michael, Kevin, Matthew, Laura, Brian, Jason, and Alyana; eight great grandchildren: sister, Lois "Sally" Hansen of Yankton; four nieces: Gloria (Butch) Becker of Yankton; Marilyn (Tom) Kilgore of Manhattan, Kansas; Lori (Tom) Dickman of Carmel, Indiana; and Linda (Carl) Pearcy of Leona Valley, California; and sister-in-law, Hazel Nelson of Yankton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beulah; and wife, Blossom McShannon.

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My wife and I cared for Luverne when we both worked at Autumn Winds Assisted Living prior to his residence at Wakonda. He was a feisty guy, but always seemed to listen and yet be sarcastic and funny. We remember all of his collection of horses; he loved horses and tractors. I remember his driving skills being bad; as we often got a call from WalMart that Luverne backed up into one of there yellow safety posts. We would laugh about that often. Rest in peace, our friend. Be good in heaven; and May the Light of God shine upon you!

David and Amy Chang

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