John Paul Edward Luecke, 71, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at his home after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was a lifelong farmer and had worked for many years in the physical-facilities department at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. He was a member of St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church in New Boston and had been a firefighter and former board member for the New Boston Fire Department.
He enjoyed tending to his beef cattle, attending livestock auctions and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also a caring neighbor always willing to help others.
A native of Perry County, he was born near St. Marks March 14, 1940, the eldest child of Edward and Pearl (Hagedorn) Luecke. He was united in marriage to the former Mary Catherine Rogier April 23, 1966, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Leopold.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marilyn Luecke King.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Mary; four sons, Vincent, Patrick (Cathy), Chad (Tammy) and Timothy (Ashley), all of New Boston; a daughter, Teresa (Mike) Dilger of Fulda; three sisters, Rita (Paul) Schroeder of rural Cannelton, Carolyn (Bob) Adkins of Tell City and Mary Ruth Raaf of Evansville; nine grandchildren, Ryan and Kara Dilger and Tyler, Sarah, Cassidy, Brendon, Evan and Zander Luecke and Bryan Scherer.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. John Chrysostom Church.
Visitation will be at the church from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. There will be a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Friday,
A service of interment will take place at a later date at the family chapel near New Boston.
Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home in Tell City is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Chrysostom Church; the youth horseback riding organization Stir-n-Up-Hope; the John Luecke Charitable Fund, which will benefit local charities or the family’s Chapel of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.