CHERRY CREEK - Raymond J. Luksch, age 87, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at his residence in Cherry Creek, NY.
He was born May 18, 1926 in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Herman R. and Edna Marie Riek Luksch.
After graduating from Pine Valley Central School in 1944, he served his country during World War II, serving with the Merchant Marines from 1944-1946, where he received an honorable discharge.
His life as a self employed chicken farmer began in Cottage, NY. On October 8, 1949 in St. John Fisher Catholic Church in South Dayton, he married the love of his life, Nancy Lee Mackey-Sutter, and soon began their family. He continued on with his farming career as owner of the Rainbow Valley Farm, a poultry business in South Dayton, retiring in 1977, after which they moved to Vero Beach, Fla.
His interests included fishing in Canada and Florida, swimming in the ocean, and attending his children's sporting events.
He also loved woodworking, constructing windmills, grandfather clocks, shutters and wooden lawn characters.
Surviving are a son, Roy P. Luksch; daughters Diane L. (Michael) Conrad, Deborah A. Czodli (Wayne Clark), Wendy M. (Stanley) Bryant, Brenda L.(Barry) Gross; her granddaughters Becky (Ryan) Blothenburg, Bethany (William) Smock, Holly (Tim) Morris; grandsons Zachary R. Conrad and Matthew (Kristen) Bryant; great grandson Michael James Morris and a cousin, Norman (Nancy) Volk.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Lee Mackey Luksch, who died September 26, 2012.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph, NY. To leave a condolence please visit: www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com