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Raymond G. Lukas

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Lukas, Raymond G.

Raymond George Lukas was born in Jefferson, Wisconsin on October 19, 1924 to Raymond E. and Hilda Puhle Lukas. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1943. He immediately joined the U.S. Army and served in the 35th Infantry Division in Europe during WWII.

Upon returning to civilian life, he went to the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He married Jane Hoffman in 1949. He completed his Bachelor of Education degree in 1952 and his Masters of Education in 1964.

He began his career teaching at Southside Junior High in Sheboygan and later moved to Wilson Elementary School. He touched the lives of many people through his joy of teaching and love of children. His fellow educators respected and enjoyed Ray. They had lunchtime ping pong tournaments and formed the "Rutz" club. He retired from teaching in 1986 after 34 years.

Ray enjoyed traveling with his wife to many countries through Elderhostel. One of his thrills was climbing the steps to the top of the Eifel Tower, as he had done while in service when he was 20 years old. He was an avid reader, enjoying historical biographies and mysteries. Many hours were spent building a miniature railroad setting, complete with mountains, lakes and villages. He is remembered for his wonderful sense of humor; he especially enjoyed beating his wife in cribbage and bridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond E. and Hilda Lukas of Jefferson, WI and his brother Edward A. Lukas of Bradenton, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, Sheboygan: six children: Paul R. (Ginn) of Victoria, MN; Kathryn A Divine (Jay) of Sun Prairie, WI; Susan M. Kleinhans (Charles) of Chilton, WI; Mark R. (Janet) of Neosho, WI; Christine M. Lukas of Wauwatosa, WI; and Barbara Lukas (Leon Rabuck) of Sheboygan Falls, WI. Survivors also include 11 grandchildren: Amanda Harris (Dustin), Aubrie Divine-Scott (Nathan), Lucas Divine (Andrea), Scott Divine (Kathy), Michael Kleinhans (Kim), Marcus Kleinhans (Kristen), Robert Osthelder, Peggy Osthelder, Matt Osthelder, Kirsten Rabuck, Jane Rabuck; and 5 great-grandchildren: Sierra Divine-Scott, Milo Divine-Scott, Kennedy Kleinhans, Cole Kleinhans, and Simone Harris. He leaves a legacy of love which is demonstrated by the sense of humor, kindness, and closeness of his family.

Raymond suffered from Cortical Basal Ganglionic Degeneration for over ten years and his wish to donate brain tissue for research towards a cure has been carried out. To help find a cure for CBGD, you may donate to "Cure PSP" c/o CBGD research, Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville, 4500 San Pablo Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 or

Visitation for will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clements Catholic Church 522 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. A luncheon will be served at the Landmark's dining room following mass.

The Olson Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been entrusted with Raymond's arrangements.



Published in Sheboygan Press on July 30, 2013
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