EDWARDS - James Anthony "Luke" Lucas Jr., DDS, 68, of Edwards passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born on March 18, 1946, in Chicago, a son of James Anthony and Winifred (Baker) Lucas. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a stepson, Tim Waddell.
He married Darlene L. Suntken on March 7, 1987, in Peoria. She survives.
James is also survived by his stepdaughter, Cathy S. (John) Plouzek of Peoria; stepson, Dan J. Waddell of Burlington, Iowa; sisters, Barbara J. (Paul) Lenburg of Lakeview Terrace, Calif., and Winifred J. Lucas of Porter Ranch, Calif.; and brothers, John E. (Delinda) Lucas of Bloomingdale, Mark J. (Julie) Lucas of Gurnee and Michael D. Lucas of Houston.
In 1964, he graduated high school from the Spalding Institute in Peoria. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 from the University of Illinois and graduated from the Loyola School of Dentistry in 1972.
He was a dentist in East Peoria, practicing from 1972 until his retirement in 2012.
James was enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves from Aug. 4, 1972, until June 28, 1974, when he was honorably discharged as a captain.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and billiards.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. A private interment, with military honors, will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 W. Lake Ave., Peoria.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.ClaryFunerals.com.
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