November 23, 2017 at 2:00pm

Frederick J. LuckenbillMemorial for Frederick Luckenbill ’62

ROCK ISLAND – Frederick J. Luckenbill, 82, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Silver Cross Friendship Manor, Rock Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a rosary at 3:30 p.m., followed by a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Chalice Presentation. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 246, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross in the Quad-Cities, the Rock Island Rotary Scholarship at Augustana College, or a charity of choice.

Fred was born July 10, 1935, in Lincoln, Illinois, the son of Robert and Louise (Heger) Luckenbill. He married Nancy A. Delaney on June 22, 1963, in Niantic, Illinois.

Fred graduated from St. Teresa High School, Decatur, Illinois and earned his B.S. at Millikin University, Decatur. He was a U.S. Army veteran, stationed with the security agency in Germany and England. After graduation, Fred joined the American Red Cross and served with them at Great Lakes Naval Station. He moved on to field representative positions in Norfolk, Nebraska, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to the Quad-Cities in 1967. Fred retired as the Executive Director of the Quad-Cities Chapter of the American Red Cross after 39 years.

Fred was an active member of St. Pius X Church, a 65-year member of the Knights of Columbus Allouez Council, where he served as a Grand Knight, and was a member of the 4th Degree Father Bader Assembly, where he served as Faithful Navigator. He was a member of Rock Island Rotary, where he held perfect attendance for 47 years, served as President and was also a Rotary District Governor in 2003-2004. Fred was also active with the Boy Scout troops at St. Pius X, where he held several adult leadership positions. He was also a lifelong blood donor.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Nancy; children, Amy (John) Mullane, Edwardsville, Illinois, Andy (Erin) Luckenbill, Geneseo, and Beth (Scott) Ford, Geneseo; grandchildren, Molly (Colin), Ben, Danny, Justin (Lindsey), Danielle and Cameron; four great-grandsons; brothers, Robert Luckenbill and Larry (Eva) Luckenbill; and brother-in-law, Ron Brunner, all of Decatur, Illinois. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Brunner and sister-in-law, Erika Luckenbill.

Fred and Nancy loved to travel, including trips to many Rotary events in their district and attending seven Rotary International conventions in several countries. They also enjoyed taking summer trips for many years with their children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed dancing and monthly “financial seminars.”

Fred will always be remembered for his love of family, leadership and service to others.

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