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Robert Joseph "Joe" Luckey

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Robert Joseph "Joe" Luckey Obituary
"A Gannon Legend" Robert Joseph "Joe" Luckey, 82, of Erie, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at St. Mary's Home East, where he had resided for the past 2 ½ years. Joes' life ended much as it had started, under the loving care of his beloved Sisters of St. Joseph. He was born on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1928 in Mobile, Ala., the son of the late Robert Graham and Anna Fawcett Luckey. At the tender age of seven Joe was moved from an orphanage in Alabama to the former St. Joseph Home for Children in Erie; a place he would know as "home" until leaving there in 1942. "The Home", as he often lovingly referred to it and the Sisters, who cared for the children there, would never be far from his warmest reminisces of childhood. He maintained a very close friendship with many of the children who had lived with him at the Home. Especially dear to Joe was his life-long friend, Brother Thomas Vincent, S.S.J., who currently resides in Washington, D.C. Upon his graduation from high school in Sharon, Pa., he enlisted in the United States Army and had served as a military chaplain's assistant during the end of World War II. Eventually he returned to Erie and had been employed by the General Electric Co. for a brief time. In 1952 Joe enrolled at Gannon College and embarked upon a journey which would last over 50 years. Joe is recognized by the University as a 1955 alumnus. In point of fact, he had halted his study there due to a lack of funds and had entered into employment with the college in the maintenance dept. at the advice of the late Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. "Doc" Wehrle. Over his 55 years of service, Joe became a "Gannon legend". Many of his former co-workers refer to him as THE maintenance dept. He could fix anything and everything and knew the entire campus and buildings like no other. Joe was a loyal and well respected member of the Gannon community and retired in 2008. Throughout his career, he enjoyed a very special bond with the many priests who ministered and taught at Gannon. Over the years he was honored as the recipient of various awards including the Archbishop John Mark Gannon Medal of Distinction, was made a member of the University's Founder's Society, was a special honoree at the 2008 Gannon University Alumni Dinner, and had also been recognized by the Serra Club. His passion in life was for the theater pipe organ. Joe's love for this particular instrument began at an early age while listening to his beloved Sr. Rita play at St. Joseph's Home. Joe would eventually found the Erie Area Theater Organ Society and remained the leader of this group for many years. In addition, he devoted a great deal of time and resources in the reconstruction of the former Shea's Theatre organ, which he purchased in 1968. Joe faithfully worked over the years toward his dream of someday housing this organ at the Warner Theater during it's final renovation. In addition to the organ, Joe enjoyed singing music from the 1930's and '40's. He had an incredible recollection for lyrics and had sung to the very day he passed. For many years he had also relished playing the role of Santa Claus for children at Christmas, one year logging over 40 appearances. He was a member of St. Peter Cathedral. All his friends and family would like to thank Sr. Mary and her entire staff at St. Mary's East for their outstanding and loving care of Joe during his final years. Survivors include one sister, Lynne Luckey Adams, (husband Don), of California, and their daughters, Andrea and Angela; his "adopted" Langmyer Family, Marilyn Angevine (husband Albert) of Tucson, Ariz., Hank Langmyer (wife Pat) of Orchard Park, N.Y. and Ann Ward (husband Jerry) of Montgomery Village, Md. He is also survived by many beloved co-workers and dear friends. He will be especially missed by his three loyal friends, Ali, Cathy and Ray, who were with him faithfully from his accident through his passing. Preceded in death by members of his adopted family, Albert H. and Hermina Legler Langmyer and Albert R. Langmyer. Friends may call at the Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel of Gannon University, W. 5th and Peach Sts., on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a special "Hour of Remembrance" from 7 p.m. til 8 p.m. He will also lie in repose at St. Peter Cathedral on Monday morning from 9:15 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated there at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe Luckey Seminarian Scholarship or the Joe Luckey Endowed Scholarship, attn. University Advancement, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541-0001, or to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern PA, 5031 W. Ridge Rd., Erie, PA 16506. The Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Rd., is handling arrangements.

Published in the Erie Times-News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2011
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