Sandy, who has 1 older brother and 2 younger. Sandy was born in Atlantic and grew up in Anita, graduating from there in 1977, the last graduating class in the old school. She was involved in band, softball, track and basketball. Her family farmed. She studied cosmetology and worked as a cosmetologist for a couple years. After meeting Lonn she worked at Lonn’s Yamaha until they sold out of the business in 1985. She later worked at Stoudt Ford for 5 years. She then went to work for Wise Motels, where she has worked for 28 years. Sandy works as the bookkeeper for 6 motels. Lonn was born in Norfolk, Nebraska. His mother is Ethel Schlueter, and he was the 5th of 7 children. His father, Leland, worked for Swift and Company and traveled quite a bit. They moved to Atlantic in 1964 when Lonn was in 2nd grade. He graduated from Atlantic in 1975. He was a classmate of Pastor Mike Vogt. Lonn participated in football and wrestling. In wrestling he qualified for State. He went on to wrestle and play football at Waldorf Jr. College. . Following College he worked for Lind Yamaha, later purchasing the business in 1979. After selling out in 1985 he went to work for Stoudt Ford for 5 years. He then went to work for Deter Motor Company in 1989. In 1991 he went to work for Lindeman Tractor, where he has been for 27 years, selling farm equipment.
Lonn and Sandy grew up in the same area, and saw each other around town. He asked her for a date and the rest is history. They dated for a year and were married on September 5, 1980 at Zion by Pastor Dohrman. Their honeymoon took them to Las Vegas, where they attended a Yamaha convention. They currently live on Sandy’s home place, which they purchased in 2003. Here they keep busy with an 80 cow calves herd and some hay making. Their children include Shannon married to Kaleb, living in Blue Springs, Mo. She is an elementary art teacher. They have 3 yr. old Leralei. Brooke is married to Tyler and lives in Avoca. She cleans houses. They have Jersey, 8 and Rilan 5. Rilan is named after 2 grandpas: Lonn and Rick.
They have been active members of Zion, Lonn serving as an Elder 3 times and as chairman of both Stewardship and Education committees. Sandy has been treasurer of the Endowment committee and taught Sunday school. Lonn’s passion for 20 years was racing stock cars. He drove a modified car with open front wheels. He raced successfully in Corning, Harlan and Denison. . He has also raced in Minnesota, Kansas, and Illinois. They regularly attend the Knoxville Nationals Sprint Car championships in Knoxville. They also enjoy riding bikes, camping and spending time with the grandchildren. They have traveled to Belgium and Paris and several states to attend Nascar races. They would someday like to visit the Alamo in San Antonio. When watching TV they enjoy The American Pickers and Blue Blood, and Sandy says anything staring John Wayne. We ask God’s blessing on their future lives together.