Leonard B. Luken, 96, died peacefully in his sleep on August 2, 2014 at his daughters' home in Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head SC, where he and his wife had been living for the past 11 years. Leonard B. Luken (Leo) was born in Covington, KY on July 14, 1918, one of seven children born to Bernard Joseph Luken and Anna Marie (Myers) Luken. Surviving is his wife of 71 years, Mable I. "Mickey" Luken, whom he married in Fort Wayne, IN at St. Andrew's Catholic Church on February 27, 1943; his daughters: Rodey Webb (Dave), Hilton Head Island; Pat McDougall (Joe), Ft. Wayne, IN, Kathy Schenkel (George), Fremont, IN; Laurie Horn (Dean), Fenton, MI; Lenny Luken, Brunswick, GA; Lisa Geller (Jeff), Huntington, IN; and 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; surviving also are his sisters Mary Anne Berwanger, Carrollton, MO and Sister Jean Ann Luken, Covington, KY. He was preceded in death by one daughter; Kay L. Luken, one grandson: Joshua J. Webb, two sisters; Marjorie Frye, and Sister Josine Luken, two brothers; Bernard Luken and Elmer Luken. For more than 43 years Leo held dual roles of Logistics and Production Manager for Zollner Pistons which made pistons for B-29 bombers, and many other military aircraft and vehicles during World War II. Leo received a draft exemption, as deemed by the war council, as a civilian critical to the war effort, and thus was exempt from direct war theater service. In his earlier years, Leo played fast pitch softball for 21 years. As pitcher, he won 53 consecutive games with an undefeated record of 12-0 in the world championship games. Leo was inducted into the National ASA Softball Hall of Fame in 1993, as well as the Kentucky and Indiana softball halls of fame. An avid golfer, he shot his age or better over 1000 times and won the Inaugural Shoot Your Age Tournament at The Villages in Florida in May, 2006 besting Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and many other well known amateurs. Leo and Mickey taught ballroom dancing in their home for 23 years six nights a week, while their raising a family of six. After retiring in 1982, they moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. After spending a few years in Deerfield Beach, FL., they made the move to Hilton Head Island, SC in 2003 where they currently reside. A memorial service will be held at The Island Funeral Home & Crematory, 4 Cardinal Road, on Thursday, August 7 at 11:00am. The family is suggesting that memorial donations in Leonard's name be made to Hospice Care of the LowCountry Post Office Box 3827 Bluffton, SC 29910 or at: www.hospicecarelc.org. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Aug. 5 to Sept. 5, 2014