Apache Junction, Ariz.: Lynn Erdmann, 91, of Apache Junction, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his residence. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Horizon Bay Retirement Community, 2080 South Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction. Burial will be at the National Cemetery of Arizona.
Lynn Robert Erdmann was born in Mellette, S.D., on Aug. 20, 1919, to Robert Henry and Nellie Verle (Slack) Erdmann. After attending grade school in LaPraire Township in Spink County, he graduated from Brentford High School in 1937. He then went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Black Hills. On Feb. 13, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Nov. 24, 1945. He was awarded several citations for his service.
He married Eleanor Roberts on June 8, 1949. They made their home near Stratford, S.D., where Lynn farmed. In 1952, he accepted the job as rural mail carrier and they moved to Stratford. After retiring in 1980, they wintered in Texas until moving to Arizona in 1990.
Lynn was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Stratford. He belonged to the Brown County and National Rural Letter Carriers Associations. Lynn served as secretary for the local carrier's organization for 25 years. He joined the Legion Post 207 of Stratford in 1945 and was adjutant for a number of years. He served as mayor of Stratford from 1960-1970. After moving to Apache Junction, he volunteered at Four Peaks Elementary School for 14 years. Lynn was known for his love of family and church. He was always willing to help and went out of his way to take care of people. Lynn enjoyed farming, working on his machinery and automobiles. He was also an avid reader.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; daughters, Verle Ann (Ted) Sitz of Harvey, N.D., and Jayne (Steve) Ewell of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren, Brett Sitz of St. Louis, Mo., Darren and Laura Sitz of Moorhead, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Erdmann and Jack Holcomb.