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Roy Lucken

Funeral services for Roy Lucken of Morris will be held on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris.

The Reverend David Fleischmann will be officiating. Visitation continues for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets.

Roy Alfred Lucken, son of Ole and Mabel (Hoselton) Lucken, was born on March 12, 1913, in St. Thomas, Pembina County, North Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed as an adult on April 22, 1956, at St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris, by The Reverend H. C. Duehlmeier.

Roy grew up in the Blackduck and Thief River Falls area and attended country school through the eighth grade at Kratka, Minnesota.

He worked for the Fargo-Detroit Ice Company for eight years. On June 25, 1938, he was united in marriage to Florence Ritter in Detroit Lakes by Pastor Ralph Erickson.

The couple moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Roy worked for the Coca-Cola plant, before entering the Army on April 1, 1943. He served in Europe with the 263rd Infantry Regiment, 66th Black Panther Division.

He received an honorable discharge on February 11, 1946. Following his discharge, Roy bought the Morris Ice Business and on August 14, 1946, he and Florence moved from Fargo to Morris.

Roy ran the ice business until 1975. In 1947, he leased a gas station on 5th and Atlantic, which he later bought and renamed Lucken's Mobil. On February 15, 1951, Roy bought the Morris Cab Company from Laurel Smith. He used the Mobil station as his headquarters to run the business.

In 1970 he added bulk fuel delivery and Triple A service. Roy sold the station in 1978 to his son Rick and in 1982 sold the bulk delivery to him. During his "retirement" Roy bucked snow for about 40 customers for as long as he was able.

Roy was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Morris, where he served as trustee for 20 years. He was a life member of the American Legion and VFW.

He served on the city council for 24 years and was a volunteer fireman on the Morris Fire Department for 32 years.

Roy enjoyed fishing, Don's Cafe, playing cards, square dancing, bowling, reading, watching sports on TV and driving around town and the countryside. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.

Roy died on Monday, May 29, 2006, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood, having lived to reach the age of 93 years.

He is survived by his wife: Florence Lucken of Glenwood; one daughter: Sharon (Elroy) Podratz of Wadena; five grandchildren: Mark and Chris (Lucken) Kragenbring of Alexandria, Jeff and Steph (Podratz) Nelson of Fresno, California, Steve Podratz of Bloomington, Scott and Heather (Lucken) Scholl of Hutchinson, and Scott and Kim (Podratz) Woods of Wadena; eight great-grandchildren: Quinn and Kalley Kragenbring, Ashley and Jack Nelson and Megan, McKayla, Kade and Cole Woods.

He was eagerly anticipating the birth of his ninth great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son: Rick Lucken on July 15, 1997; his parents; six sisters; and two brothers.

Pallbearers for the service are: Roy's grandchildren and his nephews: Gordon Sandland and Ronnie Ritter.

Honorary pallbearers are: Dewey Solvie, Don Poppe, Ollie Grossman, Bill Storck, Tip Tipcke and Paul Martin.

Phyllis Joos will serve as organist for the service with Sharon Martin serving as soloist.

Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.