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Warren K. Lotsberg, age 76, of Huron, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home, surrounded by his family. A celebration of his life with a time of sharing was held at 6:30 PM, Friday, March 15th, at the Kuhler Funeral Home. Military rites were presented by the Huron Veterans Council. A Masonic service was held at 7 PM

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the South Dakota State Fair Foundation, 1060 3rd St. SW, Huron, SD 57350. To donate, please visit http://www.sdstatefairfoundation.com/donate

Warren Keith Lotsberg was born on July 17, 1942, to Paul and Edmere (Bjorklund) Lotsberg at Chicago, Illinois. In 1944, the family moved to Buffalo, Minnesota, where Warren graduated from Buffalo High School in 1960.

On June 24, 1960, Warren enlisted with the United States Navy where he served in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was honorably discharged on May 2, 1961, at Great Lakes, Illinois. Warren returned to his home in Buffalo where he attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.

In 1968, Warren relocated his family to Brookings, South Dakota, to work in the advertising industry. He purchased the eastern South Dakota division of Cunningham advertising and renamed it Warren Advertising. He owned many billboards throughout South Dakota.

Warren married Judith Ann Wilch on March 24, 1978, at Brookings.

In September of 1980, Warren began a 25 years career with Northwestern Energy, formerly Northwestern Public Service Company, starting as the Consumer Affairs Manager, at Huron. He also served as their Vice President of Public Affairs, chief lobbyist and spokesperson. For more than 13 years, he was the host and author of NorthWestern’s two-minute radio editorial program called “Perspectives.” In the late 1990’s, his focus with Northwestern shifted to the political side, when he became the Government Affairs Director. Much of his time was spent in Pierre at the state capitol where he represented the company on regulatory and legislative matters. Warren retired from Northwestern Energy in 2005.

Serving 15 years for the Railroad Authority, Warren was appointed in 1995 by Governor Bill Janklow and reappointed by Governor Mike Rounds.

Warren served as Chairperson throughout all of the South Dakota Labor Workforce programs. He was the first chair of what was then the Job Service Improvement Committee (JSIC) in the 1970's. Next came the Private Industry Council in the early 1980's, where he remained the Chairperson. In the mid 1990's it became the Workforce Development Council, responsible for allocating millions of dollars to South Dakota for federal job training, where he remained Chairperson until 2015.

Warren had been active in the community serving on the Greater Huron Development Corporation Board, the Huron Chamber Board and Project 21.

In 1999, Warren was appointed to the South Dakota State Fair commission, and served as chairman from 2005 to 2018. He remained on the commission until his passing. He promoted the activities for the state fair, and had a keen eye for its infrastructure. He was a good host to the media during the fair, and a great leader to the commission while offering guidance with a side of humor.

Warren was also a licensed pilot and currently served as secretary of the Huron Airport Board. Warren had done a considerable amount of public speaking and was a popular emcee both throughout South Dakota and nationally

Warren was a strong advocate for the Huron community. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason; Past Master of the Huron Masonic Lodge #26 A.F. & A.M., a member of the Shriners and a lifetime member of the Jaycees. Warren was a longtime member of the Huron Country Club and the Huron Elks Lodge #444.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Lotsberg and Edmere Allums; and his step-father, Lenard Allums.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy Lotsberg of Huron, five children, Troy (Janelle) Fergen of Sioux Falls, Todd Fergen of Brookings, Anne Lotsberg Bonack (John) Wiedmaier of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, Patty Lotsberg (Rodney) Amland of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and Matthew Lotsberg of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; twelve grandchildren, TJ (Andrea) Fergen Junso, Joshua Fergen, Ashley (Brandon) Fergen Jensen, Cody Fergen, Celia Fergen Gupton, Samuel Bonack, Sarah Bonack, Brandon (Kari) Lotsberg, Reed Amland, Rachel Amland, Ashley Lotsberg and Bailey Lotsberg; ten great-grandchildren; his brother, Wayne Lotsberg of The Villages, Florida; one sister-in-law, Sandra Bendt-Aguilar of Huron, a niece and a nephew.

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Dear Judy, Thinking of your family as you gather to remember Warrens life, and celebrate the memories of your times together. Please know you’re in my prayers. You were an amazing wife, caregiver ,and support for Warren. Blessings Gail Sondreal

DeEtte and I want to send our condolence to Warrens family. I was fortunate to have been able to serve on the state fair board with Warren for 8/9 years. He always kept the board up to speed when we had our monthly meetings. Warren was a great guy and I had enjoyed him many years before I was on the state fair board. So sorry to see such a great gentleman leave us and his family. Ed and DeEtte Goss

South Dakota has lost one of its strongest supporters. Bringing power to people and vigorously representing Beadle County in the Legislature was a clear focus of Warren's energy. Warren's concern for the future of our State was shown in his many many years of tireless service on the South Dakota State Fair Board. He is and will be missed. Tom and Esther Harmon

Judy and family - It was a great honor to serve with Warren on the South Dakota State Fair Commission. He loved the Fair and as you know spent a great deal of time working to make it a success. I will always remember his sense of humor and appreciated it when dealing with tense situations. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you!!!  Cindy Frederick

I appreciated the work Warren, did with his influence for public speaking through his involvement with the South Dakota Jaycees. Robert Thullner

Warren hauled “Buford the Buffalo” to the US Jaycee convention in San Diego in about 1974. He and Buford were a real hoot. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He made an impression wherever he went. John Sweet

What a kind, gentle, warm-hearted man who cared so much for people, for causes, for life. Warren, you made a huge impact on me over the years. Rest in peace, you given us all a lot to live up to. Mike Jaspers

My sympathy to Warren's family.I worked with Warren on the State Fair Commission. He was great to work with and so dedicated to the fair. Pat Manning

What a gentleman Warren was! He taught me a great deal over the years. His was a life well-lived. Dusty Johnson

Fond memories of Warren. What a fun and inspirational man. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Alfred and Deanna Rude

Lotsberg Family, I truly great man has been lost and leaves big hole in your lives. He touched so many folks through out the years. I remember him from across the gravel driveway south of Brookings. He loved to tell stories, help folks, laugh and loved his family! I will remember his smile! Please let all the memories help you through this dark times. It’s tough loosing a parent. It’s ok to not be ok some days as you walk this grief walk but hang on to each other! Cindy (Osmond) Schmidt

My condolences to the Lotsberg family. Warren was a great ambassador for the state of South Dakota and especially for the "Greater Huron Area". I had the privilege of serving with Warren on the SD State Fair Board for 10 years and grew to respect and appreciate him very much. Great guy!!!! Brett Blasius

Dear Family, Warren was a good and decent man and a good friend. I knew him from his work with NWPS. Among his many gifts were his acting skills. I always looked forward to his very skillful impersonations of well known people and personalities. He added such humor to regional as well as national events and conventions, which otherwise might have been drab and uneventful. I will surely miss him. Ken Stofferahn

So sorry for your loss, your family will be in my prayers. Mike Johnson

I just watched the Tribute Video - I am moved. Warren was a very special man to many. We, at NorthWestern Energy, will remember him fondly for many reasons. I was blessed to have called him friend, as well. My sympathy goes out to he entire family and to his extended family & all friends who will miss him. Enjoy your angel wings, Warren!  Julie Olivier


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