Walter Johnson Lukken

December 18, 1927January 23, 2013

Mr. Walter Johnson Lukken, 85, of LaGrange died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Hospice LaGrange.

Mr. Lukken was born December 18, 1927 in Worthing, SD, son of the late Lewis Lukken and Genevieve Ardell Lukken. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of LaGrange and a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Lukken received his BA from the University of Nebraska and was a graduate of General Motor’s Technical Institute. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mollie Healy Lukken and a brother, Wayne Lukken.

Mr. Lukken was the president of Dealer’s Transit in Chicago, IL and founder and owner of Lukken Chevrolet Oldsmobile in LaGrange and was the owner of LaGrange Express. He was an active member of the Highland Country Club and former member of the Rotary Club of LaGrange. During his life, he served on numerous boards and organizations including, 2 terms as the president of the Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, and later the director, of the LaGrange Industrial Authority; former chairman for the Troup County Republican Party; and served on the board of C&S Bank.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Lukken; seven children, Deborah Lukken Edge (Ed), Walter Jeffrey Lukken (Cindy), Laura Lukken Griffin, Carolyn Lukken Downey, Peter John Lukken (Miriam), Fredrick Louis Lukken, and Amanda Jane Lukken; 2 step children, Charles Jefferson Hagood (Elizabeth) and Kimberly Hagood Myers (Richard); 18 grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Ann Emerine and Joanne Jorgenson (Gordon); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Lukken will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 23, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange with Dr. Harold Lawrence officiating. The family with receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

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In lieu of flowers donations may be made to West Georgia Hospice, First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, or St. Peter’s Catholic Church in memory of Mr. Walter Johnson Lukken.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636



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February 15, 2013

Deb and Jeffrey, Laurie and Carrie, Pete and Fritz, and Amy,
Aunt Maggie sends love and affections from all the Watkins, now and always.

Carla (Gudal) Parrish

February 13, 2013

Dear Carrie and all the Lukken family- I send my heartfelt condolences. Treasure all the memories and know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Phillip Watkins

February 10, 2013

To the entire Lukken family,
We were so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Jan Marshall

January 30, 2013

To Fritz and the whole Lukken family, I love you guys and I am so sorry for your loss. It always made my day to run into Mr. Walt, no doubt, he would put a smile on my face! I have stood where you guy's are standing now; just pull your strength from God and the happy memories you have in your heart. He would enjoy nothing more than for his family to think or talk about him and share a chuckle or two about a memory of good times. You are all in my prayers!
Jan Hill Marshall

jo ann bachman

January 28, 2013

Amy and Peter, knowing the two of you and hearing about the rest of the Lukken clan, your Father must have been a very special man. My heart and prayers are with all. jo ann bachman

Deb France

January 26, 2013

We have been blessed to have known Walt, a special man, father, community leader, friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Deb France

January 26, 2013

"Jeff and family, sorry for your loss. I also lost my tennis partner but at least we retired undefeated and number 1 in the world." He seemed to always be in a good mood. What a guy! Lee Richter [LaGrange, Georgia]

Carlton Higginbotham

January 26, 2013

Our thoughts are with you and we're sorry we can't be there to share your sorrow and celebrate this great man's life. Walt was one of those rare people who was loved by all who knew him. He certainly has a place in our hearts forever.

Carlton, Peggy, Amy and Beth Higginbotham

Joe & Sandy Melton

January 26, 2013

Dearest Lukken Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers as we send love and blessings your way. Big hugs!

George & Patricia Steuber

January 26, 2013

Jeff, Peter and Amy: I am honored to have known your father and been included in your Saturday morning enclaves with him. He was a true patriot and I know you will miss him. Patricia and I send our heartfelt condolences for your loss.