HARTINGTON — John Henry “Jack” Lammers, 88, Hartington, died Sept. 21, 2016, at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, S.D.
Visitation and a Vigil service were Sunday at the church, and continued one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 26 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with Rev. Owen Korte and Rev Jim Keiter officiating.
Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.
The Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were his 14 grandchildren.
Jack was born March 7, 1928, at rural Fordyce, to Anton John and Cecelia Carmen (Sudbeck) Lammers. He grew up on a farm in the Fordyce area and attended the Lammers Ranch School and St. John’s Elementary School. He attended the Fordyce Public High School for two years and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1946. He farmed with his father until he married LaVerta Thompson Sept. 24, 1951, at Crofton. They made their home on a farm east of Pleasant Valley. In 1964, they moved to a farm south of Fordyce. Jack raised short horn cattle, enjoyed training work horses, and was one of the last farmers in Cedar County to sew oats with a team of horses.
Jack was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, and had an hour of perpetual adoration for many years. He enjoyed visiting with God during that holy
hour as well as anyone who happened to enter the church. Jack loved to visit and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was an avid card player and loved playing cards of all types with anyone who was willing. He imparted that skill to his grandchildren at very young ages, with the card game he invented called Look Alikes. He was a history buff and had an unmatched memory for dates and details. He spent hours at the kitchen table telling stories to his family. His vivid stories and quick humor will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him
Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, LaVerta Lammers, Hartington; seven children and their spouses, Carol and Martin Ahrens, Manning, Iowa; Keith Lammers, Yankton, S.D.; Debra and William Kremer, Philomath, Ore.; Kevin and Sharon Lammers, Hartington; Kelly and Mary Lammers, Hartington; Jill and Dave Wubben, Hartington; Linda and Jim Reese, Yankton, S.D.;14 grandchildren, Valery Ahrens, Nick Ahrens, Ben Ahrens, Kodi Lammers, Matt Kremer, Sam Kremer, Kari Olson, Jara Goeden, Anthony Wubben, Adam Wubben, Sydney Lammers, Carter Lammers, Willow Reese, Paige Reese, 4 great grandchildren, Levi and Brea Goeden, and Macy and Mallory Olson; four siblings, Linus Lammers, Hartington; Beata Lammers, Hartington; Richard Lammers, Yucaipa, Calif.; and Roman and Marge Lammers, Calimesa, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant sisters, Catherine and Lorraine.