Lloyd Laumeyer, age 93 of Long, Prairie, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at his home with his family by his side. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 7 at St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. Visitation will be on Monday, March 6, 2023, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and continuing on Tuesday, March 7 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with both visitations at the church. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery. Immediately following the interment a lunch will be served at St. Mary's of Mount Carmel Catholic Church basement.
Lloyd Henry Laumeyer was born on October 6, 1929, and grew up in Long Prairie with his parents George and Cresencia, 2 brothers and 5 sisters. He spent his childhood on the farm, with a loving family, learning the love for the outdoors taught through farming, hunting, and fishing with his Dad and gardening with his Mom. They worked and played hard together. Lloyd was baptized, celebrated First Communion, and was confirmed at St. Mary’s in Long Prairie. He was an Altar boy for 5 years and learned prayers in Latin. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School until the 8th grade. Lloyd worked on the farms in the area making hay and harvesting crops. He also worked at International Harvester in Long Prairie. During this time, he had a hand in hauling coal to heat homes in Clotho, Eagle Bend, and the surrounding areas. His family would haul wood into the Long Prairie Catholic School to provide heat for the nuns for the winter. Lloyd loved to see you smile and loved pulling good pranks on people.
Lloyd enjoyed roller skating at the Dreamland Auditorium in Long Prairie. This is where he met the love of his life. During this time, he received a phone call from the United States Army when the draft was instated during the Korean War. He left for the U.S. Army in January 1951 and was gone for 22 months, until his release in October 1953. He said, “It’s worth a million for what I’ve seen and went through, but….I wouldn’t give two cents to do it again”. Upon his release from the U.S. Army, he proposed to Beatrice Bednarz in December 1953 with an engagement ring in hand. They were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Browerville on April 26, 1954, and started their lives together on a farm 3 miles north of Long Prairie. They raised 4 children and created many cherished memories with neighbors, friends, and family on the farm. Lloyd enjoyed filling silos with corn, thrashing with neighbors, and playing softball in a men’s league. After selling the milk cows, he continued working the land and worked as a carpenter remodeling and building homes in the area for 25 years.
Above all else, Lloyd loved his family and really made certain life on earth was fun. The core of Lloyd was full of faith and he fiercely loved every day! He continued to teach every child, grandchild, and great-grandchild with vitality until the very end. His deep love for them was intentional.
Lloyd Henry Laumeyer entered his heavenly home, joining his wife of 68 years, on Sunday, February 26, 2023. He was 93 years, 4 months, and 20 days old. Loved by so many, blessed be his memory.
He is survived by his children; Charlene (Timothy) Greene, of Clitherall, Steve Laumeyer of Long Prairie, Kevin (Pam) Laumeyer of Forest Lake, and Mary (Jim) Wynn of Wadena; Grandchildren; Kelly (Curt), Meghan (Phil), Kyle (Laura), Molly, Melissa (Josh), Michelle (Jordan), Bryan (Alicia), Bridget (Andrew), Andrew (Taylor); and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Beatrice, parents George and Cresencia Laumeyer, brothers: Lawrence Laumeyer, and Duane (Shorty) Laumeyer; sisters: Devona Kurpiers, Holdina Kurpiers, Aylene Ruzicka, Gustie Gmeiner, Mildred Kamphenkel.
He will be dearly missed and has taught us all so much.