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Sunday June 24th, 2018
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Larry L. Lukasiewicz

Larry L. Lukasiewicz, 86, of Farwell, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Farwell. The Revs. David Rykwalder, Richard Piontkowski, Thomas Ryan and Greg Pawloski will con-celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery near Farwell, with graveside military honors by Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church, with a 5 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Larry was born on Feb. 4, 1932, near Elba, the son of George A. and Gertrude A. (Pawloski) Lukasiewicz. He later moved to the family farm northwest of Farwell, where he attended country schools and was a 1950 graduate of Farwell High School. He then attended Milford Tech School where he received a degree in welding, graduating in 1952. He served in the United States Army from Dec. 1952 until his discharge in Dec. 1954. He was united in marriage to Kayleen A. Yocum on Sept. 3, 1960, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island. The couple lived on the family farm until 1973, when they moved into Farwell. Larry began working at Sperry New Holland in 1967, where he worked until his retirement in 1990, but he continued to farm and raise cattle the rest of his life. Larry was an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Paplin, until 1973, when the family became members of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Farwell. He served on the parish council, was a religious education teacher, sang in the mens choir and was active in the Cursillo movement in the Grand Island Diocese. He was a longtime member of the Carl Mogensen American Legion Post 119 of St. Paul where he was a past Commander and served for many years on the funeral color guard. He belonged to Knights of Columbus Council 1918 of St. Paul of which he was a former Grand Knight. He served for over 25 years as a board member for the village of Farwell. He was also a president of the Farwell Improvement Committee and was instrumental in the building of the community center. He was a member of the Eagles, Platt-Duetsche, Platte Valley Sams camping group and was one of the first board members of the Polish Heritage Center in Ashton. He enjoyed farming, polka music and singing for many funerals and area celebrations. In his younger years he was involved in basketball and softball leagues and was a longtime bowler. He enjoyed camping and going on cruises and he and Kayleen loved to travel throughout the United States and to many places around the world. He dearly loved his grandchildren and leaves behind his beloved dog, Snickers. He is survived by his wife, Kayleen; children and spouses, Shelley and Daniel Hill of Papillion; Sister Lucy Lukasiewicz of Prayer Town, Texas, Philip and Tracey Lukasiewicz of Farwell and Jolene and Jeff Lies of Omaha; 12 grandchildren, Lukas and Lauren Hill, Logan and Nancy Hill, Eilish Hill; Jordyn, Jared and Joseph Lukasiewicz; and Micheal, Sarah, Matthew, Aaron, Caleb and Jacob Lies; 3 great-grandchildren, Brady, Brody and Sophia Hill; a brother-in-law, Gary Spak of Mercer Island, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Jeanette Spak. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, Polish Heritage Center or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

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I am so sorry for the loss of Larry. He was a very special man and always a friend to all. So many memories of him as I heard alot from my Dad, Carl Davison and husband Carl too. Now Im sure they are hamming it up in Heaven....Love and sympathy to all your family. With love Bonnie Beed. 1912 Stolley Park Circle, Grand Island, NE..

Bonnie Davison Beed Jun 24 2018 6:28 PM

Kayleen & Family: You are all in our prayers and we too hope all your beautiful memories offer you much comfort. God Bless You All! The Denver Jehoreks

Shelly Sharpe Jehorek Jun 24 2018 1:36 PM

Often wondered what your life was like-you had a beautiful wedding-Kayleen-Thanks for wonderful times when we grew up in GI. Sorry for your loss. Linette

Linette Knoll Jun 23 2018 7:13 AM

Kayleen and family: My sympathy to you all on Larry's passing. I saw it in the obituaries from G.I. Independent email I get every day. It is great that your daughter is a Nun. Some thing to be very proud of. You will be in my prayers. My Jesus comfort you at this time. I have lived in Illinois for almost 32 years. God Bless you all Russ (Gus) Gies

Russ Gies Jun 22 2018 12:00 PM

To Phil & Family, My condolences regarding the passing of Larry. I trust wonderful memories will be great comfort for you. The tribute video is very heart warming. Thanks for sharing the photos. Steve Lee Arizona

Steve Lee Jun 22 2018 11:06 AM

Prayers, hugs and Blessings to all of you. Kayleen and family, Larry was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone!!! I just watched the video, I so enjoyed the fun and memorable photos!!! Cherish this video and all your wonderful memories. I always so enjoyed Larry, always so fun, big smile and a hug. He is still with you, just visit with him and he will hear and answer in his way to you. May the love of God, family and friends guide you through this very difficult time. My deepest sympathy and love be with you all. Velda

Velda Peters Jun 22 2018 9:01 AM