Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler officiated, and burial was in the Afton Township Cemetery in rural Cherokee. Military graveside rites were performed by Sutherland American Legion Post #152, and Boothby Funeral Home of Cherokee was in charge of funeral arrangements.
John Letsche was born on Feb. 7, 1928 in Cherokee, to Gotthilf and Stella (Stemmerman) Letsche. He graduated from Aurelia High School in 1946, then worked for the Kluge Block Plant in Cherokee for four years before entering the U.S Army in November of 1950 to serve his country during the Korean War.
After being honorably discharged in October of 1952, he worked at the Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, worked various construction projects, and since then has farmed the family farm in Afton Township. John was a 50 year member and past commander of the Sutherland American Legion Post #152; and also a life member of L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. in Cherokee. John enjoyed going to auctions, polka dancing, and having coffee and visiting with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Elmer in 1988 and Duane in 1998.
John is survived by one brother, Lyle Letsche and his wife Lorene of Cherokee; a special friend, Barbara Templeman of Cherokee; two nephews, Dr. Terry Letsche and his wife Paula and their boys Matthias and Christoph of Waverly; and Todd Letsch, his wife Nicole and their daughter Allison of Maple Grove, Minn.;and a sister-in-law, June Letsche of Mo.