Harvard Luetzow

Obituary of Harvard George Luetzow

Harvard George Luetzow departed this life on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the age of 98 years.  He was born on March 22, 1920, on the Wilke family farm in Medina Township, the son of Harry and Emma (Wilke) Luetzow.  He was baptized on May 2, 1920 and confirmed at the age of 14 at St. Paul Lutheran Ev. Lutheran, Lake Mills, where he was a life time member.

He married Harriet Elizabeth Taylor on March 22, 1942, and for over 50 years they shared a love affair that was cut short by her death on August 26, 2004.

When a tragic accident ended his career as a clarinetist, he taught himself to play the trumpet with his left hand, showing the determination that was a life-long trait.

He used his beautiful tenor voice in praise of his Savior for over 65 years in the St. Paul’s choir.  His membership in three different barbershop choruses brought him much joy, and took him and Harriet to many interesting places.  He also enjoyed many years as a member of St. Paul’s dartball team.

When government regulations forced the closing of the family meat market, he took to the road, selling feed and seed to farmers, making a good living as well as winning trips that took him and Harriet all over the world.

The couple was blessed with five daughters; Constance (Stuart) Wilson, Virginia (Bruce) Bade, Katherine (Walter) Bruenger, Tera (Patrick) Henner and April (John) Luedtke.

He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Matthew (Teresa) Wilson, Sam Bruenger, Claire (Marcus) Smith, Joseph Bruenger, Catherine (Greg Andelone) Bade, Justin Luedtke, Sarah Luedtke, Willa (Travis Sternberg) Henner, and Julia Henner; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Harry Luetzow; sister-in-law, Ruth Topel; and many nieces and nephews.

Harvard was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jennifer Bade.

A memorial service in Harvard’s name will take place at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 1530 S. Main St., Lake Mills, WI 53551.  A visitation will take place at the church

from 10 A.M. until time of service. The burial will take place at a later date.

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.” – Psalm 98.

Blessed are they who die in the Lord.

Nitardy Funeral Home Fort Atkinson is assisting the family with services.