Obit: Luepke, Elroy R. (1927 - 1994)

Surnames: Luepke, Ruhbusch, Bruesewitz, Foth, Schultz, Wiersma-Shoberg, Beekman, Van Ruiswyk, Elgersma, Cross

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Wood Co., Wis.) Monday, 27 June 1994

Luepke, Elroy R. (31 Aug. 1927 - 24 June 1994)

SPENCER - Former Spencer resident, Elroy R. Luepke, 66, Route 5, Hayward, died at 2:54 p.m., June 24, 1994, at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he had been admitted June 2.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer. The Rev. William H. Ruhbusch will officiate and Mrs. Isabelle Bruesewitz will be organist for congregational singing.

Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, town of Brighton, Marathon County.

Pallbearers will be former co-workers from Marshfield Clinic.

Visitation will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rembs/Kundinger Chapel, and again on Wednesday until 9 a.m. and then at the church from 10 a.m. until service time. A family devotion service will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

He was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Spencer, to William and Alvina (Foth) Luepke. He attended Spencer Elementary School and Spencer High School.

He married Eunice L. Schultz Sept. 24, 1955, at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Spencer. She died April 13, 1986. He married Alva J. Wiersma-Shoberg June 17, 1989, in Spencer.

Following his education he worked as a bookkeeper for the Spencer Co-op. He later owned and operated the Gamble's Store in Spencer, eventually adding a gift shop business in conjunction with the store. He retired from those businesses in 1979. He then joined Marshfield Clinic as a courtesy attendant, retiring in 1992.

In August 1992, he and his wife moved to their new lakeside home in the town of Bass Lake, Sawyer County, near Hayward, residing there until the time of his death. He was an avid fisherman. The couple spent the winter months in Zephyrhills, Fla.

In February 1990, the Marshfield Lions Club presented him with the Good Person Award for service to the public. He was also a former member of the Spencer Lions Club.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hayward, and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer, where he served as church treasurer and also held other church offices. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Lori J. Luepke of Minneapolis, Minn.; two step-daughters, Betty Beekman of Fond du Lac and Esther (Harvey) Van Ruiswyk of Waupun; a step-son, Meldon (Velma) Elgersma of Waupun; a sister, Mrs. Norma E. Cross of Marshfield; one brother, Vilas Luepke of Spencer; seven step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Leonard Luepke.

Memorials may be given in his name to Trinity Lutheran Church of Spencer or the Marshfield Medical Research and Education Foundation.



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