Douglas ‘Dutch’ Luckow, 75

Douglas “Dutch” Joseph Luckow, 75, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, March 24, 2014. Douglas was born Dec. 23, 1938, to Albert Otto and Emma Rose (Orr) Luckow in Grand Rapids, Minn.

One of his first jobs was on the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railway working as a “gandy dancer” laying track. As a teenager, Douglas joined the United States Army and was a Military Police officer and security courier. He served both domestically and abroad, including a deployment for more than a year in the Philippines.

While on leave from the Army, he visited Evansville, Ind., where he met and later married the love of his life, Bonita Faye Staub. Settling there, he was employed at Whirlpool and did automotive work part time. He also owned a stock car which raced at Haubstadt Motor Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

In 1965, the family moved to Milwaukee, where Doug was employed at the Speedometer Service Co., which he purchased and operated for the remainder of his career. In 1970, the family moved to West Bend.

In retirement, Doug enjoyed woodworking and hand carving. He created furniture, toys and figurines that he loved giving as gifts, especially to his grandchildren.

Doug was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 1398. Doug and Bonnie spent many years RV traveling throughout the United States and traveled abroad extensively. Douglas is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonita and his children Roger (Trudi) Luckow of West Bend, Karoline (Steven) Roehl of West Bend, Randal Luckow of Los Angeles, Kathleen (Anthony) Gigante of West Bend, and Kelli (Vernon) Schultz of Kewaskum. He is already deeply missed by his beloved grandchildren: Beth, Ryan, Ashley, Alyssa, Rae, Hannah, Katelyn, Jaclyn and Samuel. He is further survived by his siblings: Marilyn Cain of Evansville, Ind., Albert (Nancy) Luckow of Milwaukee, and Patrick (Shirley) Luckow of Tampa, Fla., sister-in-law: Bettye Masterson of Palm Springs, Calif., and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, favorite aunt Dorothy (Dot) Mammen, his brother Ronald Luckow; brothers-in-law, Cletus Masterson and Kenneth Staub.

A memorial service will be held at the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, 323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend, on Friday, March 28, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. Interment will be on Saturday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park.

Education was very important to Douglas so the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to establish a COLUMNS Scholarship in his name.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; and (262) 338-2050.