SPRINGFIELD – John Paul Luka, 82, of Springfield, Illinois, passed on to be with the Lord on April 27, 2010, at 10:37 p.m. at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Illinois. He was a resident of Springfield most of his life.
John was born March 18, 1928, in Decatur, Illinois. His parents, William and Emma Schimanski Luka, preceded him in death. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy February 27, 1946. He married Mary Ann Laubner on November 24, 1949. He served aboard the USS Otus, USS LASalle and the USS Bairoko. He attended seven USS Bairoko reunions and received a replica of the ships bell. He was a member of the American Legion Post 32 and VFW Northender Post 10302.
John was a hard worker. He was employed by Chambers, Bering, Quinlin in Decatur, Allis Chalmers, Electric Motor Shop and retired from City Water, Light and Power as an Electrician. He was a 50-year member of Electrical Workers L.U. #193.
He was a member, usher and communion server at West Side Christian Church. He was a devoted member of the T.N.T. Sunday Class. Was a charter member of VFW National Home for Children.
John is survived by his wife Mary and 3 sons, Thomas (Karen) Luka and Timothy (Carol) Luka, both of Springfield, and Christopher (Andrea) Luka of Dawson; 4 Grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Rhoades, James (Brooke) Luka, Timothy Luka II and Dalton Luka; 4 precious great-grandchildren, Kamille Rhoades, Olivia Rhoades, Bryan Luka and Ashton Luka; 4 sisters, Betty Wall and Helen Entler, both of Decatur, Mary Pruss of Wenatchee, WA and Alma Bailey of Rushville, IN; 3 brothers, Raymond (Pat) Luka of Blue Mound, IL, Fred (Margo) Luka of Stilesville, IN and Paul Luka of Thomasville, GA; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Walter, William and Robert Luka; 3 sisters, Margaret Scroggins, Esther Atwell and Hilda Sheets; and 2 grandchildren, Bryan T. Luka and Theodore Teddy Luka.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at West Side Christian Church, 2850 Cider Mill Lane at Veterans Parkway with a funeral service at 6 p.m., Vaughn Beeman officiating.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at Camp Butler National Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund, 1707 North 12th Street, Quincy, IL 62301; VFW National Home for Children, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827; St. John’s Hospital Children’s Miracle Network, P.O. Box 20997, Springfield, IL 62708; or Christian Day Care Center c/o West Side Christian Church.
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