Jack L. Lucas, 72, of Elgin, Ill., passed away Sunday, July 3, 2005 at his residence.
Born March 19, 1933 in Bloomfield, he was the son of George Harvey and Ruth (Street) Lucas.
His family moved to Chicago when he was 3. He graduated from Manley High Trade School and was a member of the United Congregational Church. He retired from Motorola, Inc. after 31 years. His illness forced him to move to Arizona, where he lived for several years. While living there, he was a prominent Cowboy entertainer as "Wild Bill Hickok." Often while eating in a restaurant or on the street, people would approach him and asked him if he was a relative of Wild Bill. He and his wife Maryann had their own dance studio and taught line dancing and produced their own videos for line dancing and modern squad dancing.
After his graduation from high school in 1951, he lived in Indiana with his Aunt Pat and Uncle Lavon for two years before entering the Army, serving from 1953-55. After returning from service, he was a member of the "Bomber Roller Derby" team traveling the United States for three years. He loved to return to Bloomfield to visit his aunts and uncles and talk about the summers he spent there while growing up. He was an avid sportsman and had a gun collection.
Survivors include: his wife Maryann; his children, Linda and her husband Ben Howard of Arizona, John and Kathy Lucas of Idaho, Robert and Tammy Lucas of Park Ridge, Ill., and a step-daughter Janine and Kerm Ellison of Bartlett, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister Sue Ellyn and Al Porter of Bloomfield; two nephews, Roger and Deb Porter of Michigan; and Paul and Val Porter of Guam; aunts, Lula Mae and her husband Walter Wilson, Reba Street of Bloomfield, and Cornelia Street of Bloomington, Pat and Lavon Yoho of Solsberry; and several cousins in Greene County.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents Homer and Nettie Street and Grandpa and Grandma Lucas of Koleen, uncles James and Charles Street, Dinger and John Lucas and Wayne English, and aunts, Katheryn English, Anna and Robert Stone, Bertha Hudson and Flora Jones.
A private interment of cremation will be Friday with full military honors at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. A private family memorial service will be Sunday at the Lucas home in Elgin, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Research or to Greene County Hospice in lieu of flowers.
O'Neil Funeral Home, Lockport, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.