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Friday November 12th, 2021
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LuElla M Lehr

LuElla Lehr, age 91, went to her Heavenly home on November 1, 2021 at
Clarkson Mt View Health Care Facility in Rapid City, SD. She was born on April Fool’s Day, 1930 to Paul and Clara (Knittel) Gramkow of rural Avon, S.D., the youngest of three children. LuElla was baptized in Zion Lutheran Church, Avon S.D. by Rev. Otto A Pinnt on May 18, 1930 and was confirmed on April 18, 1943 in the same church by Rev. Pinnt. She attended Vesper country school for seven years and the eighth grade at Zion Lutheran Parochial School in Avon. In May 1947, LuElla graduated from Avon High School. While a student, she was employed at the Avon Clarion newspaper office, learned to hand set type and gathered local news for the paper.

On October 5, 1947 she married Clarence Lehr, son of Edward G. and Anna (Dewald) Lehr of Tripp at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon. Reverend Pinnt had now baptized, confirmed and officiated at LuElla’s wedding ceremony, all at Zion Lutheran. After marriage, LuElla joined Emmaus Lutheran Church at Tripp, where she remained a life-long member. LuElla taught Sunday school at Emmaus for many years, served on the Altar committee, was an officer of the AAL and chaired numerous committees.

LuElla and Clarence farmed 5 miles west of Tripp for most of their lives. On October 5, 2005, their 58 wedding anniversary, Clarence and LuElla left the farm and moved into Tripp. Two years later, October 5, 2007 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by riding in the Tripp-Delmont High School Homecoming parade in a 1928 Essex owned and driven by cousin Phyllis Dewald. LuElla spent the last years of her life in Clarkson Care Center, Rapid City S.D. The marriage was blessed with three children: daughters Konnie (born on her father’s 25th birthday) and Kim and son Kelly. Later, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren were added to the family. Clarence and Luella’s God children are Janice Gramkow-Dunker, Julie Schnable-Hemeyer, Larry Maag (deceased) and Albert Schmidt Jr.

A life member of Jelkin-Harms American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 142, LuElla held numerous Leadership and Chair positions at the Unit, District and State levels, culminating with being elected South Dakota State President in 1992. She also served as National Executive Committeewoman and held several National appointments. LuElla and Clarence were part of the Habitat for Humanity “building blitz” at Eagle Butte, S.D., in 1994, led by former United Stated President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn. Thirty homes were built that week, which were purchased by qualified Native American families.

LuElla was always thankful to the Lord for walking beside her and giving her the faith and strength she needed to endure a lifetime of severe spinal problems, which eventually left her unable to walk. She never lost her sense of humor, or the will to be as active as possible. Her family was always her first love and concern.

LuElla was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Clara Gramkow; brothers Eldor and Floyd (both in 1972); sister-in-law Irene Gramkow; brother-in-law Vern Goehring and husband Clarence in 2013.

She is survived by daughters Konstance (Konnie) and husband Arlo Zeitner, Bellevue NE, Kim Laber and fiancé Kevin Carlin, Sturgis SD, and son Kelly Lehr and wife Bridget, Yankton, SD; grandchildren Eric Zeitner, Bellevue, NE, Adrienne (Lehr) and husband Chris Gilberts, Tumwater, WA, Britt C Lehr, Columbia, MO, Nick Laber, Rapid City, SD, and Kristine Laber, Sturgis, SD; sister-in law Doris Goehring, of Parkston, SD; also great-grandsons Tate Alexander and Charlie Lehr Gilberts, Joedy Laber, and Greyson Zeitner and great-granddaughter Brinley C Lehr; nieces and nephews Cheryl Hofer, Jan Dunker (Bob), Les Gramkow (Daphnee), Terry Goehring (Lexine) and Tom Goehring (Debra).

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I am thinking of all of LuElla's family during this sad and difficult time.
What a great example and icon she was for Patriotism and love for our Country. LuElla spoke in my First Grade classroom every year on Veteran's Day for over twenty-five years. Because of her, Veteran's Day became so meaningful for the first graders as she would share information about Veteran's Day, Patriotism, and respect for our flag and Country. She would come to the classroom so professionally dressed in her red, white, and blue Legion Auxiliary clothing. She included the Priens and Carol Schoenfelder, as well, in later years. What great memories and lessons they provided for the children. Because of their dedication and coming into the classroom for so many years, I am donating money to the Tripp Legion Auxiliary in LuElla's memory. I know her memory will keep her close to your heart always. I will forever think of her on Veteran's Day, and will always be thankful for the knowledge she shared with the children. God bless you in His peace.

Vicki Hubner, former First Grade Teacher, Tripp-Delmont School District Nov 14 2021 5:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of LuElla Lehr

Arnie and Ruth Dewald Nov 11 2021 7:36 PM

Thinking of the Lehr home makes me smile. Our parents worked together, played together and traveled together. As friends and neighbors we remember the many Fourth of July and Memorial Day picnics. So much fun and laughter. As you close the the final chapter on a life well lived may you each look back and share those memories with others. God is good. Thankful to have known each of you. May God hold you close as say goodbye. Janis(Wittmeier) Hoffman

Janis Hoffman Nov 9 2021 5:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of LuElla Lehr

Barry Thompson Nov 9 2021 1:46 PM

I got to know Luella through what was the Study Club. A wonderful lady. She will be missed. God bless. Carol Guthmiller

Carol Guthmiller Nov 8 2021 4:57 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Luella's passing. She has been part of my family for my whole life. I have so many wonderful memories.

Vonnie Prien Gall Nov 7 2021 9:42 PM

Dear Konnie and family, I was saddened to read on Facebook, about your Mom, I guess I lost track of where you lived Konnie and of course the rest. I didn't realize your Mom was in Rapid City. I would love to have come and see you and pay my respects, but it so happens I have a minor surgery tomorrow so I will be under the weather for a bit. I so wish I could see you again. I live in Sioux Fall, S.D. I am on Facebook, so if by chance you are we could visit sometime. I Truely loved your Mom and Dad as well! My prayers are with you,

Maureen Maas Nov 7 2021 9:29 PM

So sorry for your families loss. Luella was a wonderful lady so vital to the community.

Julie Schneider Nov 7 2021 9:10 PM

My thoughts and prayers to the family! She was my Sunday school teacher for many years, she was a true Proverbs 31 woman !

Kay and Boyd Reimnitz Nov 7 2021 9:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of LuElla Lehr

Allyn Brosz Nov 7 2021 7:34 PM

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