James F. Lueken, 83 of Ferdinand died Monday April 17th at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born August 30, 1933 in Ferdinand to Joseph F. & Olivia P. (Nord) Lueken. He married Bernadette “Daisy” Sitzman on May 6, 1954 in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church. She preceded him in death on November 20, 2016.
James was a co-owner of the former Lueken Lumber Company, and owner of Custom Decks & Specialty. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand, its’ St. Joseph Sodality and a former member of the church finance Committee. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, Jasper # 1949, The Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a former member of the Ferdinand Jaycees, and a past president, Ferdinand Investment Corporation, and Ferdinand Community Center.
Surviving are one son, Jonathan Lueken of Ferdinand, and one daughter, Kristine (Brian) Braunecker of Ferdinand. Three grandsons. Benjamin & Noah Braunecker and Zachary Lueken. Two sisters, Barbara (Jim) Schaefer of Wadesville, and Mary Jo (Dennis) Tretter of Fort Wayne. Two sisters-in-law, Nita Lueken of Ferdinand and Loraine Lueken of Iowa. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for James Lueken will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday April 21st in Christ the King, St. Ferdinand Parish, with military graveside rites to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 PM on Thursday and from 7 to 9:30 AM Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ferdinand Church. Online condolences may be made at www.becherfuneralhome.com.