Herbert H. Lueke, 95, of Port Clinton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor. On his last day, when daughter Pat asked if he was scared, Herb said, “There is nothing to be afraid of.”
Herb was born July 23, 1918, in Woodville, Ohio, the son of Frederick J. and Rica (Finn) Lueke. On July 28, 1945, in Edmonton, Canada, Herb married Margery A. Welsh, and she preceded him in death in 1983. He remarried on May 6, 1984, in Port Clinton, to Joyce E. Russell and she also preceded him in death in 1994.
Herb worked as an electrician and welder at Martin-Marietta in Woodville for over 40 years, retiring in 1984. He was a veteran who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Herb was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, and a lifetime member and past commander of American Legion Post 455 of Woodville, member of the church council at Solomon Lutheran Church in Woodville, lifetime member and past commodore of Nugent’s Canal Yacht Club, and a past commodore of the International Blue Gavel.
He also enjoyed attending the men’s prayer breakfast at Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton, woodworking, gardening, fishing, and the Detroit Tigers. His quiet strength, dependability, positive attitude, good humor, and gift for graciously accepting whatever challenges came his way endeared Herb to his family and many friends.
Survivors include his daughters, Donna Lueke of Marblehead and Dr. Patricia (Michael) Van Kley of Perrysburg; son, Richard (Beth Ann) Lueke of Bradner, Ohio; step daughters, Vicki (Lynn) Martin and Jacque Russell, both of Denver, Colo.; niece, Marita McKeehan; grandchildren, Alicia Lueke, Mikaela (Adam) Uhlman, Megan (Thomas) Conrad and Misty Hannigan; step grandchildren, Dr. Ted (Dr. Jennifer) Norman, Mark (Keira) Norman, Dr. Wendy Norman, Daniel Van Meter and Christopher Van Meter; great-grandchildren, Ava and Alice Uhlman and Kaylee Kern; and 11 step great-children.
Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, wives, and sisters, Edna McKeehan and Martha Lueke.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday, April 21, until funeral services 11 a.m., at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 216 Washington St., Port Clinton. A Celebration of Life luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Nugent’s Canal Yacht Club, Port Clinton. Graveside committal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Westwood Cemetery, Woodville, with military graveside honors.
Memorial contributions in memory of Herbert may be given to the Salvation Army or Peace Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting walkerfuneralhomes.com.