James "Jim" Luks

April 29, 1935May 22, 2019

James "Jim" Ronald Luks, age 84 of Mason, passed peacefully while surrounded by his family on the morning of May 22nd, 2019. He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He owned and operated his family business, Elhorn Engineering. He also served in the Army being stationed in Korea. Jim was a mainstay in the community while belonging to several local clubs, like the Eagles and the Michigan Steam Engine & Threshers Club.

His greatest success in life was his family--He is survived by his wife Barbara Luks of 63 years, and children, Jami (Marty) VandenBosch, Todd (Cindy) Luks, Alissa (Alan)Pawlowski; grandchildren, Jaymes (Ashley) VandenBosch, Heather (Nate) Heinze, Kyle (Molly) Luks, Whitney Luks, Chandler Luks, Kalon Luks, Luke Pawlowski, Andrew (Sydney) Pawlowski, Jason Pawlowski, John Harten III, and Alan Pawlowski; great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Mia VandenBosch, Lynkan and Annmarie Heinze; and brother, John (Rita) Luks.

A visitation will be held Thursday, May 23 from 4pm to 8pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Ball Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St in Mason. With sharing of memories at 7pm. A funeral service for Jim will occur Friday, May 24 at 11am at the Ingham County Fairground Community Building, 700 E. Ash St. In Mason. The family will welcome guests one hour prior to the service. Interment will occur at Hawley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club or the Mason High School Memorial Scholarship In Memory of Jim Luks.


  • Jaymes VandenBosch
  • John Harten
  • Alan Pawlowski
  • Kyle Luks
  • Chandler Luks
  • Kalon Luks
  • Luke Pawlowski, Honorary
  • Andrew Pawlowski, Honorary
  • Jason Pawlowski, Honorary

  • Michigan Steam Engine & Threshers Club
  • Mason High School Memorial Scholarship, In Memory of Jim Luks


  • Visitation Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Open Memory Sharing Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 24, 2019


James "Jim" Luks

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Betty Russell-Smeton

May 25, 2019

Dear Barbara and family,

I was so sorry to hear of Jim's death and know that your loss is great. We have so many memories of you and Jim at the lake and our children growing up together. Jim will be remembered by so many people with his wonderful personality and generous and loving nature. May God bless all of you. Love, Betty and Don Smeaton

Steve Way

May 23, 2019

Mr. Luks thank you for being such a kind and thoughtful person. We will all miss you, Till we meet again!!
Love and condolences to your family.
Thank you many times over.
The Ways....

Jackie Fondren

May 23, 2019

Jim had a way of lighting up a room with his devilish smile and twinkling blue eyes. He was my nacho buddy, we were both nacho lovers and would share them whenever possible. Jim was such a loving, caring and generous soul. He was like my second dad and I'm a better person because of Jim. My heart is breaking for Barb, Jami and Marty, Todd and Cindy, Alissa and Alan, Jay and Heather and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. I've been so blessed to spend so many of my vacations with he and Barb, and they were all fantastic. When God made Jim, he broke the mold. Jim is from the greatest generation, selfless. Jim made THE best pina coladas, next time I have one I'm going to raise my glass and toast to you my dear friend, my second dad. I love you.