Memorial services for Raymond Lembcke of Morris will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, with Father Todd Schneider officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary service at 4:45 and prayer service at 7:30 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Visitation will resume one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Military rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, V.F.W. and AmVets.
Raymond "Pete" Harold Lembcke, son of Emil and Anna (Braun) Lembcke, was born March 22, 1928 on the family farm in Scott Township in Stevens County, Minnesota. He grew up and attended country school and later the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris. Following his schooling, he began farming with his family. In January of 1953, Pete was drafted in the United States Army serving as infantry in the Korean War and receiving an honorable discharge in 1954. Pete was united in marriage to Esther Rinkenberger on May 11, 1955. The couple made their home on the family farm, where they took over operations and raised their seven children. In 1969, he began working at the University of Minnesota Morris while still continuing to farm part time. He retired from the University in 1993 and began working part time as a handyman at Kleespie Tank for the next 13 years. In 2006, the couple moved to Morris, where they have continued to live until the time of his death.
Pete was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, the Morris Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus, Morris VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, gardening, mowing lawn, camping, tinkering. He especially enjoyed spending time and attending all of his grandchildren's events.
Raymond died Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. He lived to reach the age of 87 years.
He is survived by his wife: Esther Lembcke of Morris; seven children: Duane (Ann) Lembcke of Sartell, Ed (Sue) Lembcke of Morris, Barb (Jon) Boutain of Starbuck, Jean (Merle) Spohr of Hancock, Nancy (Pat) White of Morris, Fred (Johnnie) Lembcke of Glenwood and Janet (Brian) Cremers of St. Joseph; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, with one on the way and one brother: James Lembcke (Muriel Krusemark) of Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: John, Hank, Lawrence and Frank Lembcke and four sisters: Marion Swenson, Dorothy Johnson, Amanda Peel and Evelyn Lembcke.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.