Franklin Dean “Dino” Lucke, 59, of Chanute, formerly of Nowata, Okla., died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at the Heritage Health Care Center in Chanute.
Frank was born in Chanute on August 6, 1953, the son of James Henry and Edith Bade Lucke. Frankie was born with Down Syndrome and wasn’t expected to live six months. Through the love and devotion of his parents and four brothers he enjoyed a wonderful and happy life as a typical Kansas country boy. He lived in rural Chanute until 1972 when he moved with his parents to Oklahoma. He later became a resident of Hays House, an assisted living facility for individuals with special needs located in Nowata, Okla.
After his health began to fail, he returned to Chanute in 2011 to be near family and entered Heritage Health Care.
Frankie, affectionately nickname “Dino” by his brothers, enjoyed dancing, listening to country music, playing his harmonica and participating in Special Olympics.
Frank is survived by his mother, Edith Lucke. of Chanute; two brothers, Mike Lucke and his wife, Jodi, of Chanute, and Pete Lucke and his wife, Jerrie, of Humboldt; a sister-in-law, Linda Lucke, of Chanute; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Lucke, and two brothers, Richard Lucke and Phillip Lucke.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 14 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel. There will be a procession at 2 p.m. to Memorial Park Cemetery for graveside services.
Memorials in his name may be made to Hays House, Nowata, Okla., and may be left with the funeral home.
To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.PenwellGabelChanute.com