Herman Lupkes


Herman Lupkes, age 86, of rural Hardwick passed away peacefully on February 2nd, 2021 at the Hospice House in Pipestone surrounded by his children. He was born on June 13th, 1934 to Frank and Lillian (Boots) Lupkes of rural Adrian. He attended school at Larkin Township School thru the 8th grade where their family friend Lila Spiesse taught. On the farm, he enjoyed helping his dad and neighbors, mechanics, and the outdoors.

He enrolled and served in the Navy in 1954 to 1959 on the heavy cruiser, the U.S.S. Toledo, along with his friend Johnny Spieker. In 1961, he married Elaine DeBeer of rural Magnolia. Together they had six children, Myron of Lake Stevens, Washington, Melanie (Keith) Petersen of Luverne and their daughter Ashley Hunt, Marcia (Randy) Mulder of Luverne and their children Brittany Yamauchi and Taylor, Matthew (Christine Levens) of Minneapolis and their son Henry, Misty (Willy) Baker of Hardwick and their daughter Makayla, and Mandy (Jason) Brecher of Hatfield and their children Stella and Owen.

Herman and Elaine farmed for several years at various farms around Adrian. In 1972, they opted to move to Luverne and he completed his course in mechanics at the Pipestone Vocational School. After graduating he worked as a mechanic for a short while before getting a job with the City of Luverne where he maintained the City Powerplant, and he also read water meters.

When the city closed the powerplant, Herman got a job working with the Rock County Highway Department, where he worked until his retirement in 1998.

Herman and Elaine moved to rural Hardwick in 1987, where they raised the three youngest children. He was known to enjoy mowing, his love of his dogs, repairing equipment, and watching nature. Herman often said he had the best children.

In addition to being a grandparent of seven, he was a great grandparent of four, Kingston, Jace, Morgan and Aubree. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine, his older brother Olen, and his special sister in law Arlo and nephew Phillip.

A private family graveside service will take place at a later date.

Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Luverne, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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