Lauren Edward Luedeman was born March 18, 1923 in Eustis, Neb., to Hans and Elva (Howell) Luedeman.
Lauren served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He took part in the Pacific campaign where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
After his discharge from the Army, Lauren worked for the Kerr McGee Coal Mine. He retired in 1985.
Lauren and JoAnn moved to Custer where he enjoyed taking care of livestock, both the four and two legged kind. He also began a second career from 1990 to 2012 as the conductor on the train at the Flintstone Bedrock City in Custer, S.D.
Lauren of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the V.A. Center in Ft. Meade in Sturgis, S.D. He was 94.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, JoAnn; six brothers, Jerry, Jim, Wayne, and Gayle Luedeman and Kenny and George Bydalek; and a sister, Betty Studer.
Lauren is survived by two daughters, Judy Finnell of Holiday, Fla., and Lori Garcia of Laramie, Wyo.; son, Mike (Rose) Luedeman of Wall; and several nieces and nephews, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.