ATWOOD -- Lucas P. "Luke" Braxmeyer, 82, died Sunday (Dec. 28, 2003) at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood.
He was born Aug. 12, 1921, to Daniel J. and Isabella (Kary) Braxmeyer in Solen, N.D. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Tillamook, Ore.
He served in the United States Coast Guard with the 13th Naval District for four years during World War II.
On May 4, 1946, he married Mary Patricia Williams in Tillamook.
He had been a co-owner of retail clothing stores in Columbus and Norfolk. He had also been a truck driver for a wholesale grocery division of Star Distributing in Tillamook. He was also a cabinet maker.
He moved to Atwood in January 1963. He owned and managed William's Brother's Supermarket in Atwood.
On April 24, 1993, he married Eunice Riepl in Atwood.
He was a member of Sacred Hearth Catholic Church of Atwood and had served on the church finance committee. He was a third and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3033, he was a member of the Catholic Workman No. 74, a former member of the Atwood Lions Club, a member of the Sam Hubbard American Legion Post No. 46, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1368 of Herndon, former president of Atwood Chamber of Commerce and served on the housing board of Wheatridge Manor from inception and served as a board member for Good Samaritan Center for more than 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Pat on Jan. 31, 1984; and four brothers, Frank, Daniel, Ralph and the Rev. Dominic Braxmeyer.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice of Atwood; two sons, Michael Luke Braxmeyer and wife, Rosalene of Atwood and John Francis Braxmeyer and wife, Brenda of Cornelius, Ore.; one daughter, Patricia Jane Grieves and husband, Kevin of Topeka, Kan.; one step-son, Jim Riepl and wife, Kathy of Atwood; two step-daughters, Tammy Loker and husband, Brad of Benkelman and Lori Morris and husband, Cory of Littleton, Colo.; one brother, Erasmus Braxmeyer and wife, Anne of Woodburn, Ore.; three sisters, Mary Berns and Lillian Nolan of Portland, Ore., and Annie Kirkwood of Madras, Ore.; and nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Mass of Christian burial is Wednesday, 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood with the Rev. Joseph Scheetz officiating. Interment is in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atwood. Military rites will be given by Sam Hubbard American Legion Post No. 46 of Atwood and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1368 of Herndon.
The vigil and Knights of Columbus and Catholic Workman rosary is Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Visitation is today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Brantley Funeral Home in Atwood and Tuesday after 5:30 p.m., at the church.
Memorials may be given in his name to Herndon Ox Roast Fund or Rawlins County Health Center of Atwood.
Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of the arrangements.