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Luverne Mechels

The New Era of Parker, South Dakota

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81 Sioux Falls Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Luverne Henry Mechels was born Aug. 9, 1934, on a farm north of Chancellor the son of Ben and Tena (Kuper) Mechels. He grew up there and attended rural school.

On Oct. 7, 1955 he married Audrey Weel-dreyer at the First Baptist Church, Chancellor. The couple lived in Willow Lake, for several years before moving back to Chancellor to farm. They later moved into Sioux Falls. Luverne worked for Farmers Oil Cooperative in Chancellor for over 28 years. He also worked for the Pioneer Seed Co. for several years. Always a farmer at heart, Luverne loved to help Lloyd Poppens with planting in the spring and harvest in the fall.

Luverne attended First Baptist Church, Chancellor. He was a devoted Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He enjoyed woodworking, making toys for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also liked to hunt deer, play cards with friends and collect caps

Besides his parents, Luverne was preceded in death by two brothers: Marvin in 1955 and George in 2011; grandson Chad Mechels in 2009 and brother-in-law, Richard Winesburg in 2002.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 60 years, Audrey; children: Darwin (Sandy) Mechels, Sioux Falls and Debbie (Greg) Johnson, Omaha; his grandchildren: Chastity (Lee) Crowell, Candra (Adam) Calhoon, Jamie (Steven) Mechels-Rowe, Jessica Johnson and Justin Johnson; great-grandchildren: Caelan, Corey, Caine, Aizack, Anna, Alexander, Ainsley, Avery, Thomas, Cameron and Theo; sisters: Lois (Rev. George) Buchin, Baxter, MN and Betty Winesburg, Hartford; sister-in-law Annis Mechels, Chancellor and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 30 at First Baptist Church in Chancellor. Interment in Germantown Cemetery, Chancellor. Arrangements were provided by Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home, Lennox.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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