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Wilbur Frank Lucas

Male 1923 - 1997


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  • Name  Wilbur Frank Lucas  [1, 2
    Born  7 May 1923  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  9 May 1923  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Iowa Birth Records 
    • Name: Wilbur Frank Lucus; Event: Birth; Event Date: 9 May 1923; Event Place: Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States; Gender: Male; Father: Harry C Lucus; Mother: Stella May Ruschill; Film Number: 1547634; Digital Folder Number: 004266225; Image Number: 00800
    High School  Abt 1941  Sperry, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Sperry High School 
    Residence  Jul 1969  Troy, Davis County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence  Jun 1990  Montrose, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence  Sep 1992  Montrose, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  5 Nov 1997  Henry County Health Center, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 8
    Obituary  6 Nov 1997  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Wilbur Frank Lucas, 74, of Montrose, formerly of Sperry, died at 1207 a.m. Wednesday, November 5, 1997, at Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant.

      Born May 7, 1923, in Des Moines County, he was the son of Harry and Stella Ruschill Lucas. On December 26, 1945, he married Gloria Jean Mehaffy in West Burlington.

      Mr. Lucas was a graduate of Sperry High School and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II with the rank of sergeant. He worked for U.S. Gypsum Plant in Sperry for 10 years and also farmed in the Sperry area. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ of rural route Burlington, VFW Post No. 10102 of Burlington and American Legion of Mediapolis.

      Survivors include his wife; two sons, Stephen Lucas of Warsaw, Illinois, and Reggie Lucas of Montrose; one daughter, Judy Nalley of Burlington; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two sisters, Erma Baker and Shirley Granaman, both of Sperry; and four brothers, Allan Lucas of Crawfordsville, Lloyd Lucas of Burlington, Russell Lucas of West Burlington and Marvin Lucas of Thomson, Illinois.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter and one sister.

      Visitation will be after 8 a.m. today in Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 830 p.m. The funeral for Mr. Lucas will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John's United Church of Christ, rural route Burlington, with the Reverend Dean Moberg officiating. Burial will be in St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 10102 of Burlington.

      A memorial has been established to St. John's United Church of Christ.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Name: Wilbur F. Lucas; SSN: 485-20-9548; Last Residence: 52639 Montrose, Lee, Iowa, United States of America; Born: 7 May 1923; Died: 5 November 1997; State (Year) SSN issued: Iowa (Before 1951)
    Buried  7 Nov 1997  Saint John's United Church of Christ Cemetery, Flint River Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I57174  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Harry Chris Lucas,   b. 1 Feb 1899, Flint River Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1990, Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Stella Mae Ruschill,   b. 29 Jun 1901, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1992, Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Feb 1921  Sperry, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 9
    Alt. Marriage  23 Feb 1921  Dodgeville, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Harry C. Lucas; Groom's Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa; Bride's Name: Stella Mae Ruschell; Bride's Birth Date: 1902; Bride's Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa; Bride's Age: 19; Marriage Date: 23 February 1921; Marriage Place: Sperry, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: F. W. Lucas; Groom's Mother's Name: Ida Lane; Bride's Father's Name: Frank Ruschell; Bride's Mother's Name: Martha Summerfeld; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86818-2; System Origin: Iowa-VR; Source Film Number: 1547823; Reference Number: 2:3JCP7W1
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Ancestry Public Member: Lucas family tree  [2
    • Their grave is at Saint John's Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa; memorial provided courtesy of lucas123, public member at ancestry.com. The epitaph on the stone is: "Lucas. Harry C., February 1, 1899 - June 26, 1990. Stella M., June 29, 1901 - September 29, 1992. Married February 23, 1921."

      A headstone photograph was available online at ancestry.com as of October 2012
    Family ID  F23106  Group Sheet

    Family  Gloria Jean "Jean" Mehaffy,   b. 13 May 1927, Huron Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 2011, Donnellson Health Center, Donnellson, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 Dec 1945  West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8
    Issue 
    • There were three children from this marriage.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Lucas Family Tree at ancestry.com  [2
    • Their grave is at the Saint John's Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa; memorial provided courtesy of lucas123. The epitaph on the stone is: "Lucas. Wilbur F., May 7, 1923 - November 5, 1997. Gloria J., May 13, 1927. December 26, 1945. Parents of Steve, Judy, Reggie."

      A headstone photograph was available online at ancestry.com as of October 2012
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F23111  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S7840] Lucas, Stella Mae (Ruschill) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 11A, September 30, 1992; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S6626] Ancestry Public Member: Lucas Family Tree (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S7842] Lucas, Wilbur Frank - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 11A, November 6, 1997; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S3215] Iowa Births and Christenings, Iowa County Births (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S7847] Hightower, Hazel Delores (Lucas) - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, July 6, 1969; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S5783] Lucas, Harry Chris - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 9A, June 27, 1990; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S7843] Lucas, Gloria Jean (Mehaffy) - Obituary, (originally published in the online edition of The Hawk Eye, June 20, 2011; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).