Obit: Lueddecke, William Sr. (1855 - 1935)

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----Sources: WEEKLY CLARION (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 6 Dec 1935

Lueddecke, William Sr. (29 NOV 1855 - 27 NOV 1935)

(The copy of this obituary was on the left column of the newspaper and some letters were chopped off - paraphrasing and ? marks used when unreadable)

Funeral services for William Lueddecke Sr. were held Saturday, Nov. 30 from the Peace Evangelical Church at 2 o’clock with Rev. J. Kalwitz officiating, and interment made in the Peace Evangelical Cemetery, with Herman Blasel, Edwin Blasel, Walter and Reinhold Schaeffer, Harvey Muchler and Arthur ?der acting as pallbearers. Mr. Lueddecke was found in the garage of his home on South Second St. in Medford shortly before noon Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1935, with death coming as a result of a depressive thrombosis. He had suffered a stroke affecting the head and one side of his body on June 26 and was in poor health from that time on.

William Lueddecke was born in Germany, Nov. 29, 1855 and was 79 years, 11 months and 28 days old at the time of death. On May 26, 1878, he was united in marriage to Miss Wilhelmina Scheller at Rieder zu ?, Germany. In 1883 Mr. and Mrs. Lueddecke came to the United States and settled on a farm west of Dorchester (Clark Co., Wis.). They later moved to the present Val Fleckenstein farm, and about fourteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Lueddecke moved to their present home in Medford.

Fourteen children were born to them, seven of whom preceded their father in death, six dying in infancy and one son, Gustave, dying seven years ago. Besides his wife, Mrs. Wilhelmina Lueddecke, Medford, Mr. Lueddecke leaves two sons, William and Louis of Dorchester, five daughters, Mrs. Oscar Schrader, nee Wilhelmina, Dorchester, Mrs. Rudolph Blasel, nee Anna, of Stetsonville, Mrs. Max (Bertha) Schafer, nee ?, of Dorchester, Mrs. Bruno (Alma) Muehler, nee ?, of Dorchester, and Mrs. Ollie Hanson, nee Hedwick, of Park Falls, twenty-eight grandchildren and forty-? great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lueddecke was originally a ? and pursued that trade in Germany and in Milwaukee before coming to Dorchester, Wis. He was a church council member of the Peace Evangelical Church for eighteen years.

During the services special anthems were sung by the senior choir of the church. Flower girls were nieces, Mabel, Alice and Dorothy Lueddecke, Delores and Norma Blasel and Esther Gumz.

Among the out of town relatives attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schrader, Mrs. Ollie Hanson and family of Park Falls, and Mrs. Charles Shranklin of Amherst.

(Note: Addition/correction provided by Linda Mertens)



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