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Gene Michael Luedtke

November 4, 1945 — August 18, 2019

Gene Michael Luedtke age 73, of Fairfield, passed away August 18, 2019, at Jefferson County Health Center.

Visitation for family & friends will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2019, at Behner Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019, at First Lutheran Church with Pastor Craig Brown officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carnegie Museum or First Lutheran Church.  Cards and memorials may be mailed to Louise Luedtke, 1938 185th Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

Gene was born November 4, 1945, in Fairfield to August and Vera (Burger) Luedtke.   He married Marian Louise Kellogg on July 26, 1969, in Park Forest, IL.

Gene lived in Fairfield all his life.  He worked for 43 years at the Fairfield Ledger as Advertising Director.  Gene was a member of the Elks and Rotary Club.  He was president of the Carnegie Museum board, Carnegie Foundation Board, Secretary for the McElhinny House Board, Maasdam Barn Board, Jefferson County Historical Preservation Commission Board, Ambassador of Chamber of Commerce Board, Iowa State Alumni Association and member of Wit and Wisdom Club.  Gene was an avid Iowa State fan and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He also had an interest in Fairfield history and genealogy.

Gene will be missed by his wife of 50 years, Louise; two children, Nathan (Julia) Luedtke of Waynesboro, VA and Meghan (Brandon) Jones of Grimes, IA; 5 grandchildren, Nicholas Luedtke, Avery Luedtke, Holly Luedtke, Molli Jones and Maddyn Jones

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, August 23, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

203 South Main Street, Fairfield, IA 52556

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Funeral Service

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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