Lawrence Lesmeister, 78, passed away January 27, 2022, at Monument Health Lead-Deadwood Hospital in Deadwood of Lewy body dementia (Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease) from which he suffered for several years.
Public viewing took place from 10-11 AM, Tuesday, February 1, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish. A graveside committal service followed at 11:30 AM at Oakridge Cemetery near Deadwood.
Lesmeister was born to Frank and Bregetta (Burckhard) Lesmeister in Eagle Butte. He shared his life with three brothers and two sisters at the farm in Parade.
During grade school he often spent time on the Zacher farm with his classmate, Dennis Zacher. After high school, he and his best friend Jerry Keller worked on the missile sites near Wall.
Lesmeister married Charlotte Brewer on May 29, 1965. Three children were born: Laurie Anne, Dale Scott and Terrie June.
Lesmeister worked at his mother’s Amoco gas station throughout high school. He later bought the station from Buzz Kinning. Lesmeister had many loyal workers at the station over the years: Clay Simons, Archie BlueCoat, Paul High Elk, Bob Peterson, Butch Thorsen, and his “right-hand man” Mel LeBeau. Lesmeister sold the station to his son, Dale, in 1998, when he and Charlotte retired to the Black Hills.
Lesmeister resided near Whitewood, where he enjoyed riding the lawnmower, doing yard work and gardening. He also enjoyed a game of cards at the local casinos.
Lesmeister is preceded in death by his parents, a baby sister, three brothers: Adam, Louie and Marcus; two sisters, Helen and Tracy; daughter, Laurie Anne Tolzin; and nephew, Keith Lesmeister.
Arrangements are under the care of Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com.