9 February 1973 to 1 October 1974
LtColonel Luedtke was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the ROTC program at the University of Minnesota, 12 June 1954.
On 21 September 1954, he reported for active duty at Lackland AFB, Texas and was reassigned to technical training as an Intercept Controller at Tyndall AFB, Florida.
From Many 1955 until 4 July 1957, he was stationed in Japan.
On 4 July 1957, he was assigned to Klamath AFS, California, and was separated from active duty on 1 April 1958.
In August 1960, he accepted a position with the 142nd AC&W Squadron as an Intercept Controller in the Oregon Air National Guard.
On 9 February 1973, he assumed Command of the 244th Mobile Communications Squadron, serving until 1 October 1974.
He assumed the position of Commander of the 116th Tactical Control Squadron on 1 October 1974.
In 1978, he transferred to the 142nd Civil Engineering Flight.
Lieutenant Colonel Luedtke retired from the Oregon Air National Guard on 30 September 1981.
Longtime Estacada resident, Mark Luedtke, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Sandy. He was 82. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sandy. A private family graveside service will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Estacada. Marcus Ernst Luedtke was born July 22, 1932, in Young America, Minn., to Robert and Emma (Zumberge) Luedtke. As a child, he attended St. John's Parochial School and graduated from Glencoe High School in 1950, in Young America. He then received his B.S. degree in Forestry in 1954 from the University of Minnesota. He entered into the U.S. Air Force in 1954, and was honorably discharged in 1958. He then entered the Oregon National Guard in 1959, and retired in 1981. Mark received several awards and medals during his time in the service. On October 23, 1982, he married LaVerne. They made their home in Estacada. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a private pilot and founder and chairman of the local anti-drug group. He enjoyed politics and dealing with school issues. Survivors include his wife, LaVerne Luedtke of Estacada; daughter, Melanie J. Luedtke of Tacoma; sons, Mark J. Luedtke of Surry Hills, Australia and Thomas R. Luedtke of Rhododendron; stepchildren, Lynne A. Sinnhuber, Jaquelynn Moran and John C. Hill; two grandchildren; four step- grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Loretta Luedtke; and stepdaughter, Viola Pletcher. Estacada Funeral Chapel is in care of the arrangements.
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