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Wasilla resident Robert LeRoy Lucus, 77, died June 4, 2007, at Providence Extended Care.
A service will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Wasilla Assembly of God, 125 West Riley. Rev. Todd Stafford will officiate.
Robert was born May 5, 1930, in Monterey, Calif. He graduated from Palmer High School in 1948. Robert was a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Army.
He became a resident of Alaska in 1947.
As a young man, Mr. Lucus was a member of Laborers Local 341. He worked on the ferry dock in Seward, the dam in Eklutna, some of the bridges on the Parks Highway, the Nike site on Knik Road and several other major construction projects in Alaska. In 1965, he started Lucus Equipment, a business that offered services including auto repair, a wrecking yard, wrecker operating, dirt work and house moving. He retired in 2001.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, American Legion, VFW and Pioneers of Alaska and a charter member of the Wasilla Lions Club. Robert was a charter member of the Wasilla Volunteer Fire Department, started the Wasilla Volunteer Ambulance Service, was an EMT, served several terms as a Wasilla City Councilman, served in the Wasilla Fire Department board of supervisors and served on the Valley Hospital board of directors.
Mr. Lucus enjoyed flying, fishing, traveling and his family.
His family wrote: "His word was his bond and his handshake a contract. He was always there to give a helping hand to people who needed it. He was a good, caring man, and he was bigger than life. His family, friends and the Valley have lost a very important part of themselves and he will be missed by many."
Robert Lucus is survived by his daughters, Susan Cocklin and Sherry Lucus, both of Anchorage; son, Donald Lucus of Wasilla; four stepsons, Howard Kelly of Wasilla, John Kelly of Florida, Craig Kelly of Anchor Point and Shawn Grimes of Wasilla; brothers, Richard Lucus and James Lucus; sisters, Vicky Rothenberger and Dee Dee DeMasters; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Aileen Corning; father, Roy Lucus; stepmother, Dorothy Lucus; brother, Roy Lucus; sons, Kerry and Duane Lucus; first wife, Vaunda Lucus; second wife, Audrey Lucus; and companion of 10 years, Judy Timmins.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Anchorage 99503 or the American Diabetes Association, 801 Fireweed Lane, No. 103, Anchorage 99503.
Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary & Crematory
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