Mr. Walter Johnson Lukken, 85, of LaGrange died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Hospice LaGrange.
Mr. Lukken was born December 18, 1927 in Worthing, SD, son of the late Lewis Lukken and Genevieve Ardell Lukken. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of LaGrange and a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Lukken received his BA from the University of Nebraska and was a graduate of General Motor’s Technical Institute. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mollie Healy Lukken and a brother, Wayne Lukken.
Mr. Lukken was the president of Dealer’s Transit in Chicago, IL and founder and owner of Lukken Chevrolet Oldsmobile in LaGrange and was the owner of LaGrange Express. He was an active member of the Highland Country Club and former member of the Rotary Club of LaGrange. During his life, he served on numerous boards and organizations including, 2 terms as the president of the Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, and later the director, of the LaGrange Industrial Authority; former chairman for the Troup County Republican Party; and served on the board of C&S Bank.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Lukken; seven children, Deborah Lukken Edge (Ed), Walter Jeffrey Lukken (Cindy), Laura Lukken Griffin, Carolyn Lukken Downey, Peter John Lukken (Miriam), Fredrick Louis Lukken, and Amanda Jane Lukken; 2 step children, Charles Jefferson Hagood (Elizabeth) and Kimberly Hagood Myers (Richard); 18 grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Ann Emerine and Joanne Jorgenson (Gordon); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Lukken will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 26, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Dr. Harold Lawrence officiating. The family with receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.
Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to West Georgia Hospice, First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, or St. Peter’s Catholic Church in memory of Mr. Walter Johnson Lukken.
Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636.