Retired U.S.C.G. Lt. Commander Donald "Lucky" Luedke, of Tallmadge, Ohio, and formerly of Charlevoix, transitioned to eternal life July 24, 2012.
He leaves behind his son, Philip J. Luedke and his wife, Tammy, of Tallmadge, Ohio; his daughter, Sue (Luedke) Gengle and her husband, Bill, of Charlevoix; five grandchildren, Eli and Sage Luedke of Tallmadge, Ohio, Guy and Mei (Wong) Gengle of Marietta, Ga., Julie (Gengle) and Mike Dobulis of Southwest Ranches, Fla., and Justin and Dana (Massey) Gengle of Duluth, Ga. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Adorian and Connor Gengle of Marietta, Ga., and Benjamin, Claire and Emily Dobulis of Southwest Ranches, Fla. He follows to eternal life his beloved wife, Nellie, and their firstborn daughter, Dr. Dorinda Luedke Miller.
Also surviving Lucky is his brother of the heart, Earl Edwards Jr., who was married to Nellie Luedke's twin, Hazel. Earl's children, Earl III, Mark and Lydia, were dear to Lucky's heart, too.
Lucky was born to Guy W. and Rose Luedke on Aug. 7, 1927. Having been orphaned at an early age, and child of the Depression era, Lucky chose to be grateful for what he had rather than think about what he did not have. He was a devout Roman Catholic and took our Father's command of charity to heart. Many people are better off today because of Lucky, and most are not aware of their benefactor. He always knew his reward awaited him. He always had his eye directed to heaven and wanted no less for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is known by his devotion to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Lucky served 27 years in the United States Coast Guard.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, July 27, at Our Lady of Victory Church in Tallmadge, Ohio.
Arrangements were handled by Donovan Bagnoli Funeral Home, Tallmadge.
Retired U.S.C.G. Lt. Commander Donald 'Lucky' Luedke
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