Laurence Wendell Wait was born August 4, 1915 on a farm southeast of Wessington Springs to Lincoln P. and Martha (Wetzel) Wait. He spent most of his life in Jerauld and Aurora County.
On November 10, 1939 he married the love of his life, Ellen D. Nelson in Sioux Falls. The couple lived in Wessington Springs where he worked as a gas station attendant. They moved southeast of White Lake to the H.P. Hanson farm in 1944. He farmed and later built and opened Waits Garage where he did mechanical work. He loved fixing cars and tractors. In 1952 they had a farm sale and moved the garage. He continued to do mechanical work on his acreage until 1963. He moved into White Lake and set up shop in a bigger building. It burned down in 1969. They moved into town in 1971 and worked in the old Creamery and worked there with extra employees until he retired in 1998.
He enjoyed the years he served on the City Council, but never wanted to be mayor. He loved to bowl and sponsored several teams. He loved to fish and hunt, the outdoors especially goose hunting with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his two children: Marge (Jim) Knigge Pejsa of Mitchell and Darrel of White Lake; three grandchildren: Renee (Ed) Peters, Robin Knigge and Darrin (Jennifer) Wait; three great-grandchildren: Blake Peters, Shawn and Zachary Wait and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Bill and Ernest and two sisters: Alma Abraham and Minnie Palmer.