Lucas, Howard James
Date: Memorial Gathering: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel
Date: Memorial Service: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Services end at Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto Chapel
St. Louis Children's Hospital,
400 S. Kingshighway,
St. Louis, MO 63110
Howard James Lucas 89, of DeSoto entered into rest on August 20, 2011. Born in Hematite, Missouri on October 24, 1921; he was the son of the late George W. Lucas and Marie E.(White) Lucas.
He was a member of the DeSoto National Guard when they were mobilized in 1940; he served with the 90th Infantry Division in the European Conflict. He was awarded the Purple Heart, four Bronze Stars, as well as the Jubliee of Liberty Medal from France for reclaiming the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day Invasion of World War 2.
Mr Lucas was a supervisor for the Federal Government of the Mine's-Health and Safety for over 30 years. He was a member of the DeSoto VFW Post 1831 and American Legion of Rolla, Missouri and was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Mr. Lucas married his beloved wife, Georgia Ann (Reeves) Lucas on December 14, 1945 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He was the loving father of two daughters: Kay Kite of DeSoto and Dee (Thomas) Forbush also of DeSoto; dear grandfather of Kimberly (Marty) Elbl of Festus, Brian (Lisa) Forbush of Imperial and Jeffery Forbush of DeSoto; dear great-grandfather Kaitlin and Lauren Elbl of Festus and Autumn Carpenter of Imperial.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Edwin Lucas and a sister-in-law, Thelma Lucas; a son-in-law Wayne Kite; father and mother-in-law, David and Eva Reeves.
MSGR Robert Jervonivic and Rev. Dennis Heck officiating the service.
* The Lucas family would like to acknowledge Barb Cotham of DeSoto in loving appreciation of your kindness and to the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Hospice, the family "thanks you dearly".