Louis "Louie" Robert Podhradsky


July 7, 1928 - February 26, 2014


Louis "Louie" Robert Podhradsky was born July 8, 1928 to Walter and Elsie (Shafranek) Podhradsky at Mitchell, SD.  He grew up and attended schools in Letcher.   On August 21, 1950, he married Doris Tastad at Mitchell.  He served in the Korean War while in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953.  Since 1960 he owned and operated D & L Implement.

Louie was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  For several years he was active in refugee resettlement in the Mitchell community. Also, he enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Debra Scott and husband, John of Mitchell; two sons, Robert and wife, Lori of Mitchell and Scott and wife, Anne-Marie of Wagner; twelve grandchildren:  Laura Podhradsky, Amy Wilson and husband, Rob, John Podhradsky, Mandy Smith and husband, Columbus, Bobbi Ernst and husband, Tim, Whitney Podhradsky, Mike Scott and wife, Nicole, Kara Shawd and husband, Nick, Nakita Podhradsky, Tatianna Podhradsky, Sasha  Podhradsky and Tavia Podhradsky; and thirteen great grandchildren: Austin Podhradsky, Dillion Hawes, Elliot Hawes, Veda Wilson, Lottie Wilson, Finn Wilson, Tenn Smith, Knox Smith, Vanderlae Podhradsky, Hayden Scott, Elise Scott, Carter Shawd, Lily Shawd; a brother, Donald and wife, Joanie of Pierre; and sister-in-law, Ila Uptagraft and husband, Wayne of Rochester, MN.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Elsie; one brother, Wallace; and one sister-in-law, Sharon Podhradsky.


Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.


Sunday, March 2, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


None Scheduled

Posted by affotaveta on March 31, 2014

Posted by Bill Zettler on March 30, 2014
Sorry to hear that Louie has passed away.I have known him for 25 years and always found him good to deal with.I will miss seeing him on our trips to Mitchell.Our condolences to his family and all his friends Bill & Vincent Zettler,Portage la Prairie,Manitoba
Posted by Tom Schoenfelder on March 2, 2014
I remember what a kind and caring person Louie was. I worked at D&L while in high school. He was a terrific man to work for and am saddened by his passing. My sincere condolences to the family.
Posted by Chuck Broeker on March 2, 2014
We had a lot of good times Louie ,even though we were apart for years I never stopped thinking of you
I know you will be missed
Thanks for giving me the chance to know you and be your friend
Posted by Janice Tastad Hoefert on March 1, 2014
So sorry to hear of Louie's passing. I remember his friendliness and sense of humor. He and Doris were not only relatives but good friends of my mom and dad, Thelma and Ervin Tastad. My sympathy to Doris and family.
Posted by Steve Sprecher on March 1, 2014
So sorry to hear of Louie's passing. I bought my first new motorcycle from Louie in 1971. Later, in the early '80's, I worked for D&L in sales for a short time. Bob & Scott may remember. I always enjoyed talking with Louie. If you paid attention, you could always learn something.
Our sympathy to all the family.
Steve & Doris Sprecher
Yankton SD
Posted by Don Tastad on February 28, 2014
I always enjoyed the times with Louie and Doris. Louie made a significant contribution to the community in which he lived as well as his family and friends. May Doris, his children, family and friends find courage and strength as the live the days ahead without Louie. Warmest Regards, Don Tastad
Posted by Roger K Burkinshaw on February 27, 2014
I send my sincere condolences to Louie's family, relatives, friends, and many past and present employees. I believe Louie was the best and most fair man, that I ever worked for. Louie was always busy on the telephone trying to make another trade or deal, but if I walked into his office or if any truck driver walked into his office with a question, he would always end the phone conversation and then ask the driver what their concern may be. Louie always tried to find ways to show his truck drivers how important they were to the business goal. Louie taught me an awful lot of ( lessons of life) which I have used still up to today. The longer I worked for Louie, the more I could see how I viewed him more as a father figure then as my boss.
Posted by Doug Brown on February 27, 2014
I will always remember the good times my family had with yours. Louie was a wonderful man, and willbe missed by many. God bless all of the family.
Posted by Kathleen Tastad Buresh on February 27, 2014
My condolences to Doris, Debbie, Bob, Scott and the rest of the family. I have many wonderful Louie at childhood memories of Tastad get-togethers. I last saw Louie at my Father's funeral in 2006.
Posted by Diane Plagmann Hansen on February 27, 2014
My sincere sympathy on the loss of Louie. None of you know me but I knew Louie from when my dad, Elmer Plagmann, worked for him. My father got sick and died while he was employed by D & L Implement years ago. Louie was so good to my mother. She had no health insurance after dad died and Louie kept her on their insurance somehow until the day she died, about six years after my father. She and us kids were always so grateful to Louie for helping her out that way. What a kind and compassionate man he was to her. Just wanted you all to know about his kindness.
Posted by Paulette Fischer on February 27, 2014
Sincere condolences to Louis' family. He was such a friendly man. I enjoyed the times we visited with Doris and Louis at a grandchildren's event.
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