CHERRY CREEK, N.Y. - Raymond J. Luksch, 87, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at his residence in Cherry Creek, N.Y.
He was born May 18, 1926, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late Herman R. and Edna Marie Riek Luksch.
Following High School at Pine Valley Central School and graduating in 1944, he served his country during World War II, serving with the Merchant Marines from 1944-46, where he received an honorable discharge.
His life as a selfemployed chicken farmer began in Cottage, N.Y. On Oct. 8, 1949, he married the love of his life, Nancy Lee MackeySutter, and soon began their family. He continued on with his farming career, owning the Rainbow Valley Farm, a poultry business in South Dayton, retiring in 1977, they moved to Vero Beach, Fla.
His interests were fishing in Canada and Florida, swimming in the ocean and attending his children's sporting events. He also loved woodworking, constructing windmills, grandfather clocks, shutters and wooden lawn characters.
Surviving are a son, Roy P. Luksch; daughters: Diane L. (Michael) Conrad, Deborah A. Czodli (Wayne Clark), Wendy M. (Stanley) Bryant and Brenda L. (Barry) Gross; granddaughters: Becky (Ryan) Blothenburg, Bethany (William) Smock and Holly (Tim) Morris; grandsons: Zachary R. Conrad and Matthew (Kristen) Bryant; great grandson, Michael James Morris; and a cousin Norman (Nancy) Volk.
He was preceded by his wife, Nancy Lee Mackey Luksch, whom he married on Oct. 8, 1949, in St. John Fisher Catholic Church in South Dayton, and who preceded him on Sept. 26, 2012.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date with a time and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph, NY. To leave a condolence please visit: www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.