Arthur ‘Mel’ Lammers 1924-2013

Posted June 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm


Arthur “Mel” Lammers, 88, of Tea, S.D. died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Cottage.

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Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday June 18, at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea.

He was born in 1924 in Polo, S.D. to Joseph and Anna (Hardes) Lammers, the third of ten children. He lived and worked on the family farm near Polo and enjoyed playing the guitar and fiddle at local dances. In the late 1940s he moved to Sioux Falls to work for the family beverage wholesaling business. He served in the Korean War, where he was stationed in Japan.

Upon returning, he married Alberta “Bertie” Reichelt of Tea, S.D. on September 20, 1953, and continued to work for Lammers Beverage Co. until the mid 1970s.

They lived in the McKennan Park area, where they raised six children. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Many special friendships and fond memories were made with families in this neighborhood. In the mid-1980s they moved to Bertie’s family farm near Tea, where he lived until his death.

Many of his favorite pastimes included golfing at Elmwood and Spring Creek Golf Courses, guitar playing, bass fishing and goose hunting. He greatly enjoyed family gatherings with his nine siblings and 64 nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Elks and Toastmasters.

He is survived by his six children, Chuck (Techy) Lammers, Orlando, Fla.; Mary (Mike) Bills, Sioux Falls; Jim (Susie) Lammers, Hartford, S.D.; Greg Lammers, Fargo, N.D.; Richard and Robert Lammers, Tea; seven grandchildren, Matthew and Jacob Lammers, Jenn (Bob) Cogley, Jess (Lucas) Hachmeister, James (Katie) Bills, Caitlin and Anna Bills; one great-grandchild, Josie Cogley. He is also survived by seven siblings, Lee Lammers, Agnes Kolda, Betty Matthews, Mary McDermott, Jane Van Hove, Ellie Sabers and Ed Lammers.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bertie; infant son Arthur; and brothers Paul Lammers and Cal (Alfonse) Lammers.

Arthur ‘Mel’ Lammers 1924-2013

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