Lloyd Luedecke passes away at 79

June 9, 2014

Lloyd Oscar Luedecke, 79, longtime Washington State University (WSU) Professor of Food Science, passed away on June 4, 2014, at the Guardian Angel Home in Lewiston, Idaho. Friends may pay their respects at Kimball Funeral Home on June 9, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 10, at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman, Wash.

Lloyd Luedecke was born on July 28, 1934, in Hamilton, Mont. 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 Ph.D. in dairy manufacturing from Michigan State University in 1962.

After finishing his Ph.D. at Michigan State, he moved to Pullman where he had accepted a position in the animal science department at WSU. Luedecke was a passionate teacher and after transferring to the food science department in the early 1970s 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 a long-time member of the American Dairy Science Association and the Institute of Food Technologists.

At WSU, Luedecke 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. He was awarded Professor Emeritus status and continued to work and advise students until his full retirement in 2012.

The family suggests that memorial contributions in Luedecke’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.

Online condolences may be left at www.kimballfh.com.