Paul Lukach, a man
who loved with an open heart and moved with kindness and curiosity, died
last Thursday at a gentle hospice facility in South Haven. He was 72 years
As a devoted
follower of Christ, his faith underpinned much of his compassion. Now it
helps bring him peace following a terminal illness. He was a member of
Crossroads Family Church in Portage, Ind., as well as its Men's Club.
Paul was brimming
with a zeal for people at all times, a gregarious conversationalist with
boundless interest and an eagerness to engage with everyone--old friend or
stranger. He loved riding his bike around the streets of Chesterton, where
he grew up, and seeing the goings--on around town, running into friends, or
stopping to read a book in sunny weather.
As a volunteer, he
enjoyed taking part in charitable events--particularly bike rides--and
participated in several mission trips to the Caribbean.
Paul Eugene Lukach
was born on March 8, 1947, in Gary, Ind. and, at age 9, moved to Chesterton,
where he attended high school and lived throughout the rest of his life. He
enjoyed learning about all kinds of subjects, with an affinity for history,
theology and art. Riding the South Shore to peruse the museums in Chicago
was among his favorite ways to spend a day.
Perhaps most of
all, Paul loved his family and keeping in touch with as many relatives as he
could -- he always knew what was going on with everyone. He was also a proud
son, brother and uncle.
He was preceded in
death by his mother Eleanor (“Avis”) and his father William. He is survived
by his three brothers: Jerry (Nancy) Lukach, Bill (Robin) Lukach and Doug
(Cindy) Lukach; and their families, which include nieces Kate (Ian)
Woodworth and Sara Lukach; nephews David, Adam and Jacob Lukach; and
great--niece Eleanor Woodworth.
Along with his
trips to the city, he took time often to visit family members in Kingsport,
Tenn. and Los Angeles, Cal., among others. Paul relished time with his
family, especially for special occasions and gatherings--as well as during
Purdue sports contests. Purdue loyalty has run in his family for years, and
Paul was perhaps the most enthusiastic member, tracking sports from men's
basketball to women's swimming. Of course, he also loved the way it allowed
him to connect with his family and friends.
Paul dedicated 24 years of work to Paulson Oil Company and was recognized
for his diligent work ethic and retired from the company in 2012.
residents may have met Paul at one time or another--frankly, the chances are
probably high. He was his own “man about town,” a regular (and recognizable)
bike rider who greeted anyone who would return the favor, always with his
own unique openness and excitement.
In lieu of flowers,
and in keeping with Paul's values, the family requests that contributions
please be made to VNA Hospice, Rebuilding Together or Crossroads Family
Church Children’s Ministry.
will be held Thursday, June 13, with visitation from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.,
followed by the service proper, all at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517
Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.
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