Berdell Luke, 83 of Parker, S.D., former clerk of courts, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 at Oakview Terrace, Freeman, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. Christina’s Catholic Church, Parker with burial in the church cemetery.
Berdell Helen Luke was born on February 18, 1935 at Davis, S.D. to Henry and Alice (Sikkink) Ihnen, Sr. She moved to Parker as a child with her family and graduated from Parker High School in 1953. She worked at the Parker Hatchery candling eggs for a time before being employed at the Turner County Courthouse. She served as the clerk of courts, retiring after 39 years of service. On Oct. 14, 1961 she was united in marriage to Donald Luke at Marion, S.D. After retirement she helped with some part time jobs and they enjoyed camping and spending time in Branson, Mo. She was a member of St. Christina Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2008 and daughter, Lisa, in 2013.
Grateful for having shared her life are a son, Jason, and his wife Connie Luke, Freeman; three grandchildren: Jason and wife Justice Mehlhaff, Olivet, S.D., Brian and wife Tracey Mehlhaff, Scotland, S.D., and Tiffany Mehlhaff, Sioux Falls, S.D.; seven great-grandchildren: Darrica, Jayda, Ethan, Eli, Asher, Aiden and Aurora; a great-great grandchild, Josie; and five brothers and sisters: George Ihnen, Chancellor, S.D., Merle Ihnen, Alexandria, S.D., Nancy Loomis, St. Peter, Minn., Ronnie Ihnen, Worthing, S.D. and Darla Schneider, Hurley, S.D. In addition to her husband and daughter, she was preceded in death by her parents and 16 brothers and sisters.