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Christ The King Catholic Church
Monday January 5th, 2015

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Lona Kuecker

Lona Kuecker, of Webster, died after a courageous battle with breast cancer at the age of 59 years, 8 months and 10 days, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Webster. Burial will be at St. Otto’s Catholic Cemetery in Webster. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2-4 P.M. on Sunday, then continuing at the church at 6 P.M. with a 7 P.M. Rosary. . Lona has requested that donations be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers. If you wish to make a donation in Memory of Lona, please click the following link to their online form: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=72&campaignSource=WEBSITE&company=&source=HONOR. If you would rather mail a check, please make it payable to Wounded Warrior Project and send to the following address: Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 Lona Jean Coin was born on Thursday, April 21, 1955, to Edward and Harriet (Hanson) Coin in Rapid City, South Dakota. Lona began her schooling in Rapid City and continued her education in Webster after the family relocated there in 1968. She started working at Wist Lockers in Webster at the age of fourteen to earn money to buy a record player and those good old 45’s and LP’s so she could listen to the great music of the 50’s and 60’s. She also worked at Popps Café and Dakotah, Inc. Factory Outlet Store. She was united in marriage to Ron Kuecker on November 15, 1975 in Webster. After their marriage, the couple made their home in the Webster area. In 1975, she joined the South Dakota National Guard and served with the Headquarters Battery in Webster. Since women could not be in a combat situation at that time, she transferred to Milbank where she served in Desert Storm. Lona then continued her service in the National Guard as a recruiter and later worked in administration. Her final seven years of military service took place at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Sioux Falls, where she worked as a Senior MEPS Guidance Counselor, aiding the troops who would be sworn in and sent off to basic training and AIT. Lona ran the total gamet in the military, from basic training and AIT, to serving in the Mid-East. Lona loved her country and, as Ron says, “had the courage of a true American soldier.” After retirement from the National Guard in 2010, Lona worked for Ron for a season, although the wages were poor. At the end of November 2011, she started working at Pleasant View Apartments as Director until this past summer when the cancer forced her to give up her job. She was a member of Christ The King Catholic Church, Herbert McKennett Post 40 American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, V.F.W. Post 4690, a Desert Storm Veteran, a Lifetime member of the Enlisted Association and a member of the Cruisin Classics Car Club. Lona also enjoyed playtime with her five granddaughters, visiting friends in the local nursing homes, hunting, fishing, traveling, hunting for seashells, baking and cooking Sunday dinners (and other meals) for family and friends. Lona, like Ron, loved to spend time together listening to and singing the rock & roll songs of the 50’s and 60’s. They eventually ended up with their Blue Moon 50’s room, a gathering place for good times with many family and friends. We truly believe that Lona has one of the best seats in the house at the greatest concert of them all, listening to Jesus our Lord and Savior at that never ending gathering in heaven. Lona could have easily lost her life in the Rapid City flood in 1972, but God had another plan for her. He decided to give us the gift of her life to be shared among Ron, their two beautiful daughters, Rebecca and Kelli, son-in-law, Joey, and five granddaughters. Survivors include her husband Ron of Webster; two daughters, Rebecca Kuecker and Kelli (Joey) Bullert both of Webster, SD; two sisters, Sandra (Bruce) Brewer of Salt Lake City, UT and twin sister Mona (Wayne) Kuecker of Webster, SD; a sister-in-law, Vicki Coin of Webster, SD; and five granddaughters, Jadynn, Mattea, Marley, Nevaeh and Penelope. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ed.

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I'm sorry for your loss. I worked at the MEPS with Lona. She was wonderful to work with, always smiling.

Vicki Wicks Jan 13 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gary & Karla Beisch Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

Lonas smiling face will be missed by everyone she was around. She always had good to say about everything she will be missed Mickey @ Laura Haaseth

Mickey Haaseth Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Ron and Family, Lona was my section chief in the National Guard in Webster for 5 years. I was always impressed with the high standards she set for herself and expected of those in her command, she was truly a professional that set the bar high for herself those around her. on a personal level, her laughter, sense of humor and caring for others were qualities that all of those around her were touched by. I know that my years in Webster were made better because Lona took the time to challenge me and care! My thoughts and prayers go to Ron and family as we celebrate her life.

Jerry Burns Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

Ron and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Lona. I worked with Lona in the South Dakota National Guard and the Sioux Falls MEPS. I have many fond memories of her, MR B, Dennis and Don at our Webster Recruiting meetings and also at the many MEPS Function. She is such an angel and a great one has been added to Heaven. Randy and Sheri

Randy Schauer Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

Bob and Linda Meier We extend our sincere sympathy to Ron and family. It was our honor to serve in the 147th with Lona. God has called His "little firecracker home." She is finally at rest! May your beautiful memories comfort you and carry you all through this difficult time. Lona was a beautiful person, a professional soldier and a true friend. We hold your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Linda Meier Jan 4 2015 12:00 AM

My wife and I send our deepest sympathy for your lose of a beautiful wife and mother. Her ever lasting smile and positive attitude will be deeply missed. Lona was an asset to my Recruiting and Retention team and it was my pleasure to work for her. The Army Guard is better today through all the efforts and positions she held with in the Guards. We will miss the follow soldier and friend. Tom ad Deb Langrehr

Tom Langrehr Jan 4 2015 12:00 AM

Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you Ron and your family during this time.

Larry & Cindy Gruba Jan 4 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lona Kuecker

Larry & Cindy Gruba Jan 4 2015 12:00 AM

I was so fortunate to work in the same office as Lona and Mr. Brostad for over a decade. Lona was a true professional at work and a wonderful friend in her personal life. It was a pleasure to come to work and spend time with these two Guard people. Their aim every day was to help all of the soldiers in their care. No one will ever know how many people they helped by their tireless work. it was also a place where smiles were abundant. lona would tell her "little pink cowboy" jokes amongst others and Mr B. and I would shake with laughter. Mr B. would also have us both rolling with his jokes and if anyone entered the room they would always leave with a smile. Lona always made everybody around her feel better. She had a quality that kings and queens have tried to acquire but could not. People have tried to buy this quality but were unsuccessful.It is something that very few people have but everyone who comes into contact with them admire. It is called"class" Lona had class in everything she did. She cared about everyone around her more than herself. She loves her husband and her children and they are always going to be better people for that but so will the rest of us for having known her. God has chosen to call an angel home and will must strive to go ahead with the qualities she had taught us. I will miss you dear friend but i will never forget you.

Don Miller Jan 3 2015 12:00 AM

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