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William "Bill" A. LukeSeptember 24, 1947 ~ August 4, 2017 (age 69)
** Please note that the visitation for Bill will take place at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Clark on Monday afternoon.
William “Bill” A. Luke, age 69, of Clark, SD, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017, at his residence. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Clark. Fr. Dan Smith will be the celebrant. Music will be provided by Dianne Varilek as organist, Madisen Hansen as soloist and congregational singing. The family is requested to meet at 9:45 a.m. at the church for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Clark on Monday, August 7, 2017, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Scripture Wake Service followed by the Rosary. Visitation will continue prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are being handled by the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel of Watertown.
Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery at Clark. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #209 of Raymond, SD, and the Funeral Honors Team of the SD Army National Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill’s grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and the Clark-Doland Concrete Crew. Active pallbearers will be: Lee Werdel, Randy Reis, Roger Nordhus, Gary Johnson, Gary Hagstrom, Joe Tesch, Lynn “Butch” Miller and Frank Spiegel.
Bill was born on September 24, 1947, to August and Mary (Nies) Luke, in Sioux Falls, SD. He grew up in Marion, SD, and was a 1965 graduate of Marion High School. Following graduation he worked for Miller Harvesting. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966, where he served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in October of 1972. He married Bonnie Hanisch on February 15, 1969. To this union seven children were born. The couple later divorced. He managed several grain elevators in South Dakota and worked as a farm hand for Indian Springs and later Nordhus Farms. For the last 27 years, he drove truck for Clark-Doland Concrete and owned and operated Luke’s Towing Service. On February 10, 1998, Bill married Sandra Aalbers in Las Vegas, NV.
He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge. Bill was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the VFW and American Legion Post #209, Raymond, serving as commander. He enjoyed woodworking, playing Bingo, and watching Nascar races. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Clark; his children: David (Brian) Luke of Sioux Falls, SD, Shawn (Ryan) Hansen and Sheryl Zeck both of Watertown, Sheila (Tony) Fisher of Harrisburg, SD, Shannon (Lawrence) Moser and Danelle (Heath) Hale both of Highmore, SD, and Dustin (Kendra) Luke of Harrold, SD; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one step-son, Tim Aalbers, of Sioux Falls; six brothers: John Luke of Marion, SD, Jerome Luke of Mott, ND, Joe (Karen) Luke of Dell Rapids, SD, Ray (Connie) Luke of Sioux Falls, SD, Mike (Joyce) Luke of Hartford, SD, and Paul (Marge) Luke of Marion, SD; four sisters: Donna Miller of Mott, ND, Bernice Kreis of Ashland, NE, Christine Sarnowski of Blair, NE, and Veronica (Frank) Nasavage of Moscow, PA; and one half-sister, Mary Kelch, of Clarion, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Don; and two sisters, Marlene Weber and Maggie Schrader.