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Joseph Leon Laducer

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Joseph Leon Laducer was born May 14, 1957 in Belcourt, ND to Esther Klier. He attended and graduated both Wahpeton and Flandreau Indian Schools. Shortly thereafter, he married Marcia Goodall. Two children were born to this union: Florence and Lawrence Laducer. In the 80s, he moved his family to Lawrence, Kansas so that he could attend Haskell Indian Nations University. After graduation, he gained employment at the Haskell Health Center and Wal-Mart.
In 2004, he met and married Valarie Thompson. He lived and worked in Lawrence, Kansas up to his passing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Esther; his stepfather, Hank; and his sister, Debbie.

He is survived by his wife, Valarie; daughter, Florence and son-in-law, Dante; son, Lawrence; sisters, Karla and Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews and his seven grandchildren, Demetrius, Daiijah, Marcellis, Shon, Phillip, Anaye and Makpia. He enjoyed life, family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, March 17th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


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  • Cherie Clark says:

    To Valarie, Florence and Larry,

    I am so sorry for your loss. John and I are heartbroken to learn about Joseph. We wish we could be there with you at this difficult time. We feel so blessed that we got to spend some time with Joseph last summer.

  • Bob Ward says:

    I am so sorry for you at this time. I wish I could be there for you . I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless you.

  • Jen Janecek-Hartman says:

    Flo and Family,

    My heart aches for you, I know how it is to have your Dad pass on. It was just four years ago last week for me. Our Dads are very much the same and I know they are watching out for us from beyond. Enjoying their strong daughters and our accomplishments. Thinking of you and praying for you, my friend. See you in SD.

  • virginia doll-decoteau says:

    To Val, Florence and Larry; My sincere condolence in the loss of your husband and father. It is a terrible loss to let go of brother Joe, as he was a good soul. A very kind,gentle person who did not have a mean bone in his body. He always found good things to say about people and he made genuine friends where ever he would go. People truly liked Joe,because he was a honest,hardworking gentle man. The world was a better place to have him in it. Joe had a sparkling personality full of humor,jovial,sincere and he truly was one of God’s angels on earth.

  • Carrie Lindsey says:

    Dear Flo and Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Hugs to you all.


  • Michael Kincaid DDS says:

    To Valarie and Joe’s family,
    I’ll always remember Joe when he worked at Haskell Health and the bright and good natured man that he was. He had a great sense of humor and we had many conversations about sports, kids and all of the things we thought would make the world a better place. Now he is in that better place. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to work with him for so many years and enjoy his presence. God bless you Joe.

    Michael Kincaid DDS
    Scottsdale, AZ

  • Flo LaducerGarrett says:

    My dad taught me many things. He taught me how to work on vehicles. He taught me math. He taught me how to love beyond reason and to always figure a way through things. He taught me how to cook. He taught me many things.
    The most important thing he taught me was this:
    No matter what goes on in life. You must get back up and keep going.
    I wish you could have been able to see me walk across the stage with my 3rd degree pops. Wish you weren’t gone.