Loren L. Lemke
Loren L. Lemke
  • November 27, 1926 - January 9, 2018
  • Ashfork, Arizona

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Mr. Loren Lloyd Lemke, of Ash Fork, AZ, passed away on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at the age of 91.
Loren was born to parents Arthur and Sadie Lemke on November 27, 1926 in Barnesville, MN. He grew up on the farms of Minnesota and had six siblings. He joined the Navy in 1944 and served as a Carpenters Mate and Builder during WWII. He married Dorothy McGough in 1944 and had five children, they divorced in 1969.
Loren opened his own drive-in "Lemke's Chicken Inn" in the mid 1950's. He joined the commercial trucking industry in the mid 1960's and ended his career in 2001. He married Norma Withrow in 1970 and they owned a pig farm near Yakima, WA. He transitioned over to Fountain, CO in 1981 where he opened a feed and produce store. In 1984 he moved his family to Phoenix, AZ for a new job opportunity with Swift Transportation. In 1993, he purchased land in Ash Fork, AZ and moved his family there shortly after. He continued with truck driving and also opened a family owned feed store, Lemke's Country Store. He and Norma divorced in 2005.
Loren is survived by his son, Lonnie Lemke and daughter in law Charlene Lemke; his daughter, Lesley Lemke; his sons, Greg and Steve Lemke; his daughters, Laurel Sauvageau and Pam Lieseth; his sister, LaDonna Pederson; his brothers, Leslie and Dennis Lemke; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Sadie; his sister, Violet; his brothers, Orville and Harlan; and his son, Lawrence.
A cremation will take place for Loren and he will be restfully placed and honored at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024, on Friday February 9, 2018 at 10am. Friends and family are invited to attend the honors ceremony to pay their respects.

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