The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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October 10, 2012

Hershel W. Luck

NEOSHO, MO —   

Hershel Woodrow Luck was born Aug. 24, 1922, in Paducah, Ky., to William David and Fannie Elizabeth (Daws) Luck.

He entered into rest on Oct. 8, 2012, and is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Donnis (Dabbs) Luck; daughter, Carolyn Luck, of Pittsburg, Pa.; son, Gerald Luck and wife, Jacqueline(Malinowski), of Detroit, Mich., and Terri Laddusaw and husband, John, of Houston, Texas; grandson, Michael Croneberger, of Pittsburgh; brothers-in-law, Eugene Dabbs, of Wentworth, Mo., and Dr. W.D. Dabbs and wife, Dawn, of Neosho, Mo.; and sisters-in-law, Nadine Keith and husband, Duane, of Seneca, and Marianna Blankenship, of Neosho; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by wife, Juanita (Sasseen) Luck (1922 to 1966); his parents and brothers, David Warner, Ronald Edward, Charles and Ira Joseph Luck.

He leaves a strong church family at Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ where he was an elder for many years. He had countless friends in Christ in Ukraine, where he served as a missionary from 1997 to 2006. He was active in the Rotary Club of Neosho, for many years. For the last several years, he was active in the Joplin chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and was a supporter of the Disabled American Veterans. Hershel was an avid golfer from his youth until his eyesight failed in recent years. He became an auctioneer in his 50s, fulfilling a childhood ambition. He conducted auctions in Southwest Missouri in the late 1970s.

Hershel grew up in the Great Depression and survived the Mississippi River Flood of 1937, which forced his family to evacuate their home in Paducah, for several weeks. He left home when he was 18 to find work in St. Louis, where he had aunts and uncles. He enlisted in the Army in 1942, and served with the 862nd Engineering Battalion of the Third Army in Europe until the end of the war in November 1945. During the war his family relocated from Kentucky to Detroit, where Hershel made his home from 1945 until 1977. He received a Purple Heart from injuries he suffered near Liege, Belgium in 1944. Although he suffered a severe hearing loss as a result of bomb concussion, he returned to his duties for the duration of the war. He learned intuitively to compensate for his deafness which was caused by nerve damage. His hearing could not be restored or improved. Even his immediate family was unaware of the severity of his hearing impairment until late in his life when he began to revisit his war experiences and was encouraged to document his injuries to receive compensation from the Veteran's Administration which granted him 100% disability based on his hearing loss and other injuries. On a visit to Belgium n 2004, he was made an honorary citizen of Grace Hologne in recognition of his service.

Services will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ, Denny Kruse will officiate. Graveside services will be on Monday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and the family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Hershel may be made to Mission Ukraine, Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ or Disabled American Veterans of Joplin in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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