FORT JENNINGSJohn E. Lucke, 66, died Dec. 25, 2011, at his residence.He was born Feb. 17, 1945, in Lima to Ferd and Martha Ricker Lucke, who preceded him in death. He had been married to Ruth Schimmoeller, who survives in Fort Jennings.Mr. Lucke retired as a farmer. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of the AMVETS and American Legion Post 715, both in Fort Jennings. Survivors also include five children, Dan (Rebecca) Lucke, of Kalida, and Lynn Lucke, Duane Lucke, Matt (Tracey) Lucke and Neil (Emily) Lucke, all of Fort Jennings; six grandchildren; and eight sisters, Sister Mary Ann Lucke, of Tiffin, Alice Fischbach, of Fort Jennings, Wilma Humpert and Betty (Rick) Ricker, both of Delphos, Doris (Arthur) Neidert, of Fort Jennings, Jose (Arnold) Mohler, of Delphos, Karen (Larry) Heitmeyer, of Fort Jennings, and Norma Burgei, of Ottoville.He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Elmer Lucke; and a sister, Vera Menke.Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, with military rites by American Legion Post 715. Father Joseph Przybysz will officiate. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a Scripture service will be held at 4 p.m. and an American Legion service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior services Thursday at the church.Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
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