Melvin Joseph Lammers, age 82 of Yankton, SD and formerly of Hartington, NE died on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance, Nebraska with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Constance with military graveside rites by the Crofton American Legion Post 128. Visitation will be on Monday from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, at church in Constance, one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers will be Caleb Lammers, Dustin Lammers, Nicholas Lammers, Adam Lammers. Andrew Diediker, and Joshua Lammers.
Melvin Joseph Lammers was born on Mar. 27, 1933 near Hartington, NE to Alfred A. and Pauline (Arens) Lammers. He attended grade school in Pleasant Valley and District 108 staying with his Arens grandparents so he could make his first communion. Melvin would go on to graduate from Holy Trinity High School in 1950. Then he served in the US Military in Information and Artillery Support from 1953 to 1955. He returned to the family farm and married Jeanette Kube at St. Rose Church in Crofton Nebraska on May 13, 1957.
Melvin loved farming for forty years and being an "over the road" trucker for seventeen years. Melvin, Jeanette, and their six children built their first earth home in 1980 on the farm near Hartington. In 1990, Melvin and Jeanette moved to Yankton South Dakota. Six years later, Melvin began his long battle with cancer. He retired in 2004.
Melvin was a lifetime member and volunteer at St. Joseph Constance where he received his sacraments. He was also a volunteer to assist with funerals at St. Benedict's in Yankton, a member of Holy Name Society, and Knights of Columbus.
Melvin is survived by his wife Jeanette of Yankton, SD; 6 children and spouses Duane Lammers of West Point, NE (his three children- Heather and (Scott Nelson) of Omaha, Dustin and Nicholas of Hartington), Paul (Joen) Lammers of Yankton, SD, Mary Demain of San Antonio, TX (her daughter Emma), Ruth Deffenbaugh of Yankton, SD (her children Joshua and Breanne (Joseph Harris-Phillips) of Yankton), Glen and (Shelley) Lammers of Norfolk NE (their son Caleb and daughter Hannah (Andrew Diediker) and great grand-daughter Reagan), Bret and (Kris) Lammers of Hartington (their children; Adam, Ali, Abby, Alexa and Autumn); brothers Dennis (Rita) Lammers of Hartington and Rodney Lammers of Hartington; Sisters Jolene (Bill) Johnson of Madison, SD, Janice (Arlyn) Berg of Edgerton, KS, sister-in-law Charleen Kube of Crofton; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Mark Deffenbaugh, and nephew Brett Lammers.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
To the Lammers Family, Wishing you comfort knowing that Melvin is at peace in our Father's arms, in no more pain. He was a wonderful man - one of the best! We are truly sorry for your loss.
Derek & Julie Moderegger
My God give you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow. We were very blessed to know him and spend time with your family over the last 14 years. He is in a better place now and free from his paint and suffering. We will miss him.
Jeff and Cindi Pfeifle
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Melvin. He was always a friendly man and allowed Jeanette to be our organist many times, when I know he was not feeling well. May God bless you with the peace and strength to deal with the grief.
Cyril and Laverta Mauch
Jeanette, you are so much in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Glenn, Shelley & Family - You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.
Jason & Jennifer Koehlmoos & Boys
Dear Aunt Jeanette. I am so sorry for your loss. My wife and I and Grace will be there tuesday to give you a hug.
Jeanette & Family, Sorry to hear about your loss. Melvin was very strong to fight such a long battle. I called your old classmate & neighbor, Marvalee Steffen Richardson & told her about Melvin's passing, she was very glad I did.Bet it's peaceful knowing he's up above!!
Dave Steffen, old neighbor & twin to Dennis
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time. He was such a kind man with a beautiful soul.
We were so sorry to hear of Melvin's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and Mary Ann Wortmann
Oh Jeanette, I am so sorry to hear about Melvin's passing. Hugs to you and all of your children. Many fond memories of growing up with your family as a part of the Constance parish family.
Carla (Steffen) Tressell
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