Luther Ylvisaker, 1930-2017

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 18, 2017

Memorial services for Luther M. Ylvisaker, 87, of Rochester will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 27 at Zion Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Robert Stohlmann will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. A private family interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston prior to the service with military honors accorded by the State Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at

Luther Ylvisaker

Luther went to his heavenly home Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Rochester Rehabilitation and Living Center.

Luther M. Ylvisaker was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Winnebago County, Iowa, the son of the Rev. Paul and Bergitte (Broin) Ylvisaker. He was baptized at Thompson Lutheran Church in Thompson, Iowa, as an infant by his father. He moved with his family to Freeborn County and received his elementary education in Albert Lea and Hartland. He was confirmed at Hartland Synod Lutheran Church in Hartland by the Rev. Ylvisaker. Luther graduated from Bethany High School in Mankato. He graduated with an Associate of Arts from Bethany Lutheran College and continued his education at Mankato State University.

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Luther was drafted into the Army and proudly served in the Korean conflict. After his honorable discharge as a sergeant first class from active duty, he was a member of the Army Reserves.

On June 12, 1960, Luther married Margaret A. Haug at North Prairie Lutheran Church near Lanesboro, and they made their home in Albert Lea, where they raised their four children.

Together, they owned and operated L&M Oil Co. and later, Luther was a motorcoach driver. Luther was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher and an elder. He was also a member of the American Legion with over 60 years of continuous membership.

Luther is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret; children Scott Ylvisaker, Mark Ylvisaker, Kristine (Pat) Malone and Karol (Kevin) Gluth; grandchildren Jason (Amanda) Kukuzke, Aaron (Rosalee) Kukuzke, Ryan (Heather) Kukuzke, Danielle Kukuzke and LeRoy (Leesa) Malone; great-grandchild, Willow Kukuzke; sister-in-law, Shirley (Sidney) Jordahl; brothers-in-law Philip (Clorees) Haug, Wayne (Cathy) Haug and Robert (Janice) Haug; and numerous cousins, relatives and friends.

Luther was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul; sister, Marguerite; parents-in-law Selmar and Dagny Haug; daughter-in-law, Lynn Ylvisaker; and brothers-in-law Gaylord Haug and Donald (Marie) Haug.