Franklin Delano Luksik, 79

Published 7:01 am Sunday, August 23, 2015

Franklin Delano Luksik, “Frank” was born Jan. 30, 1936, and passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, surrounded by his family in Scottsdale, Arizona.



Frank was born in Austin, Minnesota, and was raised by his grandparents, Joseph and Kate Luksik, and his mother, Mary Luksik. He was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Austin High School, the class of 1954, and was inducted into the Austin Hall of Fame. He received a four-year football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduating with a degree in agricultural science and ROTC. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a distinguished veteran in the Vietnam War, earning four medals for his service. After retiring from the military, he worked in the public sector for general dynamics. He married Susan (Gower) Luksik, also from Austin and subsequently moved to Arizona in 1998. He enjoyed being a volunteer at the Mustang Library, where he was so happy to immerse himself among the stacks of books. He and Susan’s love of animals included rescuing many pets as their own. Frank was a devoted father and grandfather to his own children and Susan’s children. He accumulated many dear friends and memories over his lifetime.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Susan Luksik; children: Dan (Janet), Susan (Allan) and David (Janet); his stepchildren: Kirk, Todd and Greta; and seven grandchildren: Andrew, Sarah, Madeleine, Halle, Haden, Brady, Rowan; and four step grandchildren: Natalie, Nicholas, Jack and Annika.

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Flowers may be sent to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Scottsdale. Donations in his honor may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale or the Arizona Humane Society.

Services were held on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Scottsdale with burial immediately following at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.