First Posted: 12/10/2008
John Lucas Jr., Dalton, died Tuesday evening, November 20, at the Abington Manor Nursing home. His wife is the former Jane LaCoe, the couple was married on December 8, 1945 and would have celebrated their 63 wedding anniversary this Monday.
Born in Pittston, son of the late John and Alice Stanton Lucas. He spent most of his adult life in Dalton and was a member of the Dalton United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II going first to Greenland and then on to the South Pacific.
He worked for many years farming at Edgewood Farms in Dalton, then was employed for the Lackawanna Trail School District for over 20 years. After retirement he served as the crossing guard for children crossing Main Street in Dalton heading for the Dalton Elementary School.
John loved to garden and reminisce about his daughters and their families. He was an avid Penn State Football and St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Also surviving are two daughters, Becky L. Rant and husband, Howard, Warrenton, VA and Nan E Van Fleet, and husband, Randall, Douglassville; a sister, Eleanor Schaefer, and her husband, Mark, Savannah, GA; grandchildren, Amy Rant Miller, and her husband, Michael, Ashburn, AZ, Michael Ryan VanFleet, and his wife, Sherri, Tucson, AZ, and Sara Lynne VanFleet, Phoenix, AZ; great -grandchildren Isabella Grace Miller, Olivia Jane Miller and Avery Olivia VanFleet.
A funeral was to be held from the Lawrence E. Young funeral Home, 418 S. State St. with services by Rev. Brian Lucas, pastor of the Dalton United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Fairview Memorial Park in Elmhurst.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 S. Turnpike Rd., Dalton, PA 18414.
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