Roger Luckenbach

ODESSA - Roger Luckenbach, 89, died Dec. 8, 2013. He was born on June 5, 1924, in Menard County to Benjamin Arthur Luckenbach and Myrtle Rogers Luckenbach. He spent the last eight months of his life in Odessa under the care of his granddaughter Jenifer Moersch. Funeral services were Dec. 11at the First United Methodist Church in Mason with Rev. Colleen Haley officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Wagram Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jason Thomas, Jacob Thomas, Justin Burch, Jeffrey Burch, Gene Thomas and Bobby Allen Bradley. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Hoerster, Ken Cadero and Lawrence Spell. He served his country during World War II and also during the Korean Conflict. In World War II he served in a tank outfit for two years and eight months. Much of this time was in the Philippine Islands. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant (three stripes up and one stripe down) and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. While fighting in the Philippines he turned on the lights at Ipo Dam giving the American soldiers the ability to see the Japanese they were fighting and thus saving many lives. At the end of the war, he was in the building where the Japanese Dictator Tojo committed suicide and was one of the first soldiers to find his body. During the war in Korea he trained troops. He married Tommie Lou Ellebracht on Jan. 1, 1950, and their marriage was blessed with three daughters Kathryn, Carolyn and Karla. He worked for Shell Pipeline for 36 ½ years and invented several items including a gravatomiter which showed Shell where there was oil in the pipeline. He was a man of strong faith and conviction and passed that along to his children and grandchildren. He set a wonderful example and was a great teacher by example. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed working on the ranch after his retirement and he was a talented carpenter and wood worker. Roger held many offices in the Methodist church, was a member of the Lions Club and the Gideons. Those left to share his memory include his wife Tommie Lou Luckenbach of Fredonia; their daughters Kathryn Burch of Stanton, Carolyn Thomas and husband Gene of Fredonia and Karla Campbell and husband David of McCamey; eight grandchildren Jenifer Moersch and husband Jeff of Odessa, Jessica Bradley and husband Larry of McCamey, Jana Traylor and husband P.J. of McCamey, Jimmie Lynn and husband Danny of Guadalajara, Mexico; Justin Burch and wife Shawna of Stanton, Jeffrey Burch of Midland, Jason Thomas and wife Sommer of Magnolia and Jacob Thomas and wife Geneva of Clyde; 12 great-grandchildren Bobby Allen Bradley and Landree Bradley of McCamey, Jared and Jacie Moersch of Odessa, Kaden, Hagen and Sidonie Thomas of Clyde, Layne and Luke Thomas of Magnolia, Lanie Kate and Brynne Burch of Stanton. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.
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