School of Food Science

Lloyd Luedecke Obituary

Dr. Lloyd Oscar Luedecke, 79, longtime WSU Professor of Food Science, passed away on June 4, 2014 at the Guardian Angel Home in Lewiston.  Friends may pay their respects at Kimball Funeral Home on Monday June 9, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman.  A reception for family and friends will follow the service at the Hilltop Restaurant.

Lloyd was born on July 28, 1934 in Hamilton, Montana to Oscar & Dorothy (Lovingood) Luedecke.  He was born and raised in Corvallis, Montana and graduated high school there in 1952.  He attended Montana State College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1956 and then went on to earn his Master’s Degree and PhD in Dairy Manufacturing from Michigan State University in 1962.

Lloyd met Doris Louise Wood during the holiday break of 1956 and the couple married on March 21, 1957 in Lansing, Michigan after a brief courtship.  After finishing his PhD at Michigan State, Lloyd moved his family to Pullman where he had accepted a position in the Animal Science department at Washington State University.

Lloyd was a passionate teacher and after transferring to the food science department in the early 1970’s he became the lead faculty advisor for the WSU Creamery and Ferdinand’s Ice Cream.  He was a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), serving 26 years as Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington affiliate.  He was an active member of the Washington Milk and Food Sanitarians Association (WMFSA) and inducted into the WMFSA Hall of Fame.  He was also awarded certificates of merit from both the IAFP and the WMFSA and was also a long-time member of the American Dairy Science Association and the Institution of Food Technologists.

At WSU, Lloyd was awarded the R.M. Wade Excellence Award in 1970 for Teaching & Learning and again in 1990 for Advising. He worked full time at WSU until his retirement in 2000 and was awarded Professor Emeritus status, continuing to work and advise students until his full retirement in 2012.

Outside of the classroom, Lloyd loved all types of fishing – fly fishing, boat fishing, dock fishing, bank fishing – if it involved a fishing pole and spending time with his son Doug, he was there.  In addition to his many trips back home to Montana to fish, he would also take an annual trip to his fishing lodge in Saskatchewan, Canada and enjoyed going “big fish” fishing in Alaska.  This hobby fit well with another of his passions – serving as a Boy Scout leader and taking the scouts on fishing trips and hikes in the woods.

Lloyd was also a hobby car enthusiast and loved to care for and show off his 1947 Kaiser.  He entered the car in all the local car shows and especially enjoyed the Chipman & Taylor and Gary Beedy car shows.  In 2010 he won the Judges Award for the car’s entry in the National Lentil Festival Grand Parade.

Most of all, Lloyd was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a phenomenal mentor to his students and the associate faculty that he worked with over the years.  He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 57 years Doris Luedecke of Lewiston; daughter Carol Hanson of Pullman; brothers Allen Luedecke of Chico, California and Robert (Sharon) Luedecke of Hamilton, Montana.  Also surviving are three granddaughters, two great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son Douglas Lloyd Luedecke in 2001.

The family suggests that memorial contributions in Lloyd’s honor be made to the Guardian Angel Home in Lewiston or to the Food Sciences Department at WSU where a scholarship will be established in his name.

Kimball Funeral Home & Crematory of Pullman has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at

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