Louis Michael Mayer was born November 6, 1938 in Parkston to Peter and Clara (Ebersdorfer) Mayer. Lou grew up in the Dimock area and attended the Dimock Catholic School. He earned his GED in the Service. Lou hired out and did farm work for local farmers. In 1957 Lou enlisted in the Air Force, where he was a Radar Operator. He did his tour of duty at Torro Hone Air Force Base in Spain, where he spent 3 ½ years. He was honorably discharged in 1961. He spent some time in California and returned home and worked at JF Anderson Lumber Company in Mitchell.
On November 30, 1963 he was united in marriage to Karen McConnell at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. They lived in Mitchell for forty-six years and three years in LaCrosse, WI.
In 1972 Lou and his brother, Bill, started Mayer Construction. Lou later went on to start Lou Mayer Construction and retired in 2000.
Lou was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Moose Lodge. Lou did many hours of volunteer work for the Knights of Columbus and also volunteered at the Salvation Army. He received the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2011 from the Salvation Army.
Lou is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Kenneth, Dell Rapids SD; daughters: Lori Hartnagle and special friend, Eric Munz, Mitchell SD, Lisa Bare and husband, Chad, Montrose, SD; granddaughter, Allysa Kunselman and fiancé, Chad Whitesides, Oakhurst, CA and two step-grandchildren: Tina Kunselman, Clovis, CA and Tom (Shawna) Kunselman and family, San Angelo, TX; brothers: Edmund (Arleen), Mitchell SD, Peter, LaCresent, MN, William (Bill) (Charlotte) and Dan (Shirley), Mitchell; sisters: Adeline Heisinger, Mitchell, Florance Rokusek, Freeman, SD, Jean Shipman (Roger), Paola, KS, Sister Janice Mayer, Yankton, SD; sister-in-law, Marleen Mayer, Anaheim, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lou was preceded in death his parents, his brothers: James and Harvey; his sisters: Ragena (Toots) Parker, Delores Hafner, Clara (Sherri) Novachich; sister-in-law, Sally Mayer; brothers-in-law: William VenOsdel, Gus Parker, Al Hafner, James Novachich , Fran Rokusek and Louis Heisinger.