2015 January 14: Gene Luke

Gene Luke, 77, of Wentworth, SD died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Madison Hospital.


(Norval) Gene Luke was born June 17, 1937 in St. Lawrence, SD. He attended Brookings High School and South Dakota State University where he graduated with a degree in pharmacy. He worked with Osco Drug Stores in numerous states before he became self-employed in several business ventures.


He was united in marriage with Bonnie Assam on June 28, 1961 in Evanston, IL. Together, they had three children; Tom Luke of Sioux Falls, SD, Patty (Dwight) Luke-Gerber of Sioux Falls, SD and Gene (Kathy) Luke of Wentworth, SD. Bonnie passed away in July of 1999.

Gene married Peggy Dreesen on June 8, 2000. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Tom Luke; Patty (Dwight) Luke-Gerber and their children, Luke and Nate Veatch, Sean and Quentin Gerber; Gene (Kathy) Luke and their children, Ann and Payton Brunkow, Holden and Treven Luke. He is also survived by his brothers, Duane and Lawrence.


Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bonnie, his infant twin sons, James Brian and Donald Ray, and his siblings, Carolyn Ford and Byron Luke.


Funeral services will be 11:00 am Monday, January 19, 2015 at Linwood Wesleyan Church, 1101 East 57th Street. A private burial for the family will be held prior to the funeral service. Visitation begins at 11:00 am Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.


The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the Gideon’s or to the Living Hope building fund.

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