Luken, Anton M. "Tony"
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Anton M. "Tony" Luken, 91 of Pittsville died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Bethel Center in Arpin.
Funeral services will be 11am Saturday, February 9, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pittsville with Rev. Doug A. Schalow officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the church following the services by the American Legion Post # 153 of Pittsville.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in the town of Hansen, Wood County at a later date.
Visitations will be from 9:30am until time of services on Saturday at the church.
Buchanan/Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Tony was born on December 8, 1921 in Wanne-Eickel, Germany to John and Maria (Dolata) Luken. He attended school in Wanne -Eickel in Germany. Prior to moving to Chicago from Germany, he was an apprentice at a bakery. He came with his mother to America, celebrating his first birthday on the ship S.S. Republic. His father had previously came to America to a farm in South Dakota. Because of the terrible dry soil conditions, they moved to Chicago. Tony went back to Germany by himself for a visit, celebrating his 8th birthday on the ship S.S. Berlin. The stock markets soon crashed, leaving his parents with no way to finance his return trip. Tony remained in Germany for the next 8 years, living with relatives. Finally, with the help of a banker, his mother worked for, she returned to Germany to bring him back to America. He celebrated his 16th birthday on the ship S.S. Washington.
Tony served in the United States Navy during World War II from June 26, 1944 aboard the USS Nelson Dingley as an armed guard. He then went to Camp Shoemaker in California and then to San Francisco where he was sworn in as a US citizen. He was honorably discharged in May 18, 1946.
He was united in marriage to Dorothy Horn on November 16, 1946 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pittsville.
They farmed for a few years in the Town of Wood until he was employed at B & B Equipment in Wisconsin Rapids as a mechanic. After his retirement, Tony and Dorothy ran Dot's Upholstery from 1980-1996. In 2008 after living for 62 years on the farm, they moved to Woodco Apartments in Pittsville.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post #513 of Pittsville.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, children Judy Schlottman of Boyceville, Ann (Alan) Anderson of Shoreview, MN and Tony (Marti) Luken of Lucas, TX; 3 grandchildren, Susan (Tom) Hakanson, Vicky (Bill) Spaeth and Jason (Tammy) Schlottman; 5 great grandchildren, Brandon & Dylan Hakanson, Kaylin & Kimberly Spaeth and Kyle Schlottman.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents and one son in infancy.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 7, 2013