Andrew Lewis Gaukel, 81, of Brookings, SD, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD. No services are planned at this time. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Andrew Lewis Gaukel was born on Jan. 9, 1940, in Brookings, SD. He died on Sept. 13, 2021, in Sioux Falls, SD. He was the son of Gertrude and Andrew Gaukel. Although his father died before he was born, Andy grew up in Brookings.
Andy joined the US Army in 1958, where he served in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. In 1960, he met Karen Krogman at the roller rink by Lake Campbell.
From there, the couple went on to marry in 1961 and raise their family. Bobbi Lynn was born in 1962, and Richard Andrew was born in 1967.
Andy spent most of his career working at the Sexauer Elevator Company in Brookings.
He retired to the families’ acreage by Lake Campbell in 2001. It was at their home that Andy felt the most comfortable. He loved spending time with his family, driving his B John Deere tractor, doing work around the yard, fixing whatever needed fixing on the acreage, and telling Karen to buy ‘one more flower’ for their big garden.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Warren and Jim, and his grandmother Sophie Gednalske. He is survived by his wife, two children and brother Lyle (Lum) Peterson. He will be greatly missed.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.