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Lawrence "Bud" Louck of Port Angeles passed away on September 29, 2013, from injuries incurred when he was struck by a car one month before, on August 23. He spent his final month in the loving care of his family.
Born April 10, 1923, to John Leo and Edith Catherine (Jarrett) Louck, Bud took to life with an unparalleled vigor. His adventurous spirit never failed to bring about the exciting and unexpected.
When he was 14, he took a job at Boulevard Grocery and Gas, where he continued to work until he graduated from Roosevelt High School.
At 16 years old, Bud hitchhiked with his closet friend, Gerard Johnson, to the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco.
Bud served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 as a seaman first class. After his service, he took up employment as a pipefitter at ITT Rayonier.
He married Loraine M. (Faulk) Louck on November 25, 1949.
His love for adventure carried him through his life, and he enjoyed hunting, and fishing, and even took his boat up to Alaska.
He was a member of the Queen of Angels Parish in Port Angeles, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1024, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Union.
Bud leaves behind his loving wife, Loraine M. Louck of Port Angeles; sons Jay Pemberton of Sequim, Larry (Cathy) Louck of Republic, Washington, Joe Louck of Port Angeles and John (Sharla) Louck of Spokane; daughter Kathryn (Marc) Kalla of Port Angeles; sister Mary Carden; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, John; mother Edith; sisters Madge Beutler and Roberta Covello; Phylis Williams; and brothers-in-law Walter Beutler, Sal Covello, Don Williams, Jim Mathis and Lloyd Carden.
Bud will be buried at sea with full Navy honors. A portion of his ashes will be laid to rest at the Veterans Circle at Mount Angeles Memorial Park in Port Angeles.
A celebration of Bud's life will take place shortly after his birthday, on April 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Kathryn Kalla, 1823 West Seventh Street, Port Angeles.
Any memorial contributions in his honor can be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 20, 2013