June 9, 2018

Leslie M. “Les” Lemke, 57, of Watertown, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, as a result of a motorcycle accident in Litchfield, Minnesota. Memorial service was at 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Beckville Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Mindy Czycalla officiated.

Visitation was also from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

A private burial was at Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield. Honorary pallbearers were: Roger Stimson, Dean Jacobson, Chad Voelsch, Matt Dargatz, Dean Benthin, Justin Heyn, Bradley Heyn, Adam Heyn, Dewayne Jensen, Arlin Dahlin and Justin "Hootie" Glanzer. Active pallbearers were: Don Walker, Brad Bipes, Terry Heyn, Al Lemke, Rick Hoff and Gauge Laidlaw.

Les was born on Feb. 4, 1961, to Richard and Emily (Matteson) Lemke, in Litchfield. He attended Litchfield High School and then started farming with Brad Bipes in the Litchfield area. Les later started working as a welder at Angus Palm Industries.

On Sept. 15, 1995, Les was united in marriage to Merry Kusler, whom he met in Minnesota. The couple continued to make their home in Watertown and Les worked at Worthington Industries. He also worked with Heyner Welding “doing it all.” Les was a jack of all trades, master of all! He enjoyed riding his Harley and riding with all of his buddies. Les also enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially spending time with his family and his camping family.

Les is survived by his wife, Merry of Watertown; his children: Kelly Klobes of Litchfield and Moriah Laidlaw (Rick Hoff) of Watertown; three grandchildren: Taylor, Gauge and Briggs; his father, Richard Lemke of Litchfield; one brother, Alan (Charlotte) Lemke of Litchfield; one sister, Dawn (Jerry) Weyrauch of Litchfield; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emily; and his stepmother, Evelyn.

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