Eugene T. Lucas Sr., 80, of the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, entered eternal life Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7, 2012, in the Hospice Inpatient Unit of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, following an illness.
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Born June 21, 1932, in Edwardsville, he was a son to the late Leroy and Rose Tkacik Lucas Sr. He was educated in Edwardsville schools.
Until his retirement, Mr. Lucas was employed as a transport driver by the John Heinz Rehabilitation Center, Wilkes-Barre, for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he was employed by Scranton Bakers Supply Co., Moosic, for more than 28 years. Previously, he worked for the Linear Corp. of Dallas for several years.
A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Lucas proudly served our country with the U.S. Army. Upon the time of his honorable discharge in 1952, he earned the rank of corporal and was the recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his service, the U.N. Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal with six bronze service stars.
Mr. Lucas was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Northeast Wilkes-Barre, having previously attended the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. He also held membership in the North End Slovak Citizens Club, and was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Enjoying the outdoors, he was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed the many hours he spent with his sons, Gene and Keith. In his spare time, he also enjoyed watching his favorite football team, the Miami Dolphins, with his son, son-in-law and grandsons. Some of his most cherished memories were made with his family during the holiday seasons and Sunday dinners at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in the country.
He and his wife, the former Lorraine E. Ivan, are remembered as being wonderful role models to their children and grandchildren, who feel blessed for having them as parents. They shaped the lives of their family with their generosity, caring and strong moral values which have been instilled in two proceeding generations over the years. This loving couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 11, 2013.
Gene was preceded in death by a son, Keith, in 2007; brothers, Leroy, Roddy and Alan Lucas; and by a sister, Mrs. Dolores Margavage.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Lorraine, at home, are his son, Eugene T. Lucas Jr. and his wife, Karen, Hunlock Creek; daughter, Karen Scavone and her husband, Ron, Ross Township; daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Lucas, Plymouth; grandchildren and their spouses, including Nicole Middleton and her husband, Don, Gina Harrison and her husband, Bill, Alexandria Shaffer and her husband, Andrew, Ronald Scavone and his wife, Nicole, Jared Scavone and his wife, Jackie, Lora Lucas and her brother, Keith Lucas Jr.; four great-grandchildren, Jayden Davila, Lilyana Scavone, Verdanna Harrison and Coltrane Scavone; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Lucas will be conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday from John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 N. Main St., North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Michael J. Kloton, parochial vicar, officiating.
Interment with Rite of Committal will follow in the parish cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas, where full military honors will be accorded him.
Relatives and friends may join the Lucas family for visitation and remembrances from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions in Gene's name are requested for the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attention: Gift Processing.
To send Mrs. Lucas and her family online words of comfort and friendship at this time, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012