Leland “Wimp” Lukens, 89, passed away on April 22nd, 2022 at University of Miami Hospital. He was the husband of Ella Mae Lukens. They were married on February 2nd, 1957, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska during an ice storm. We are unsure if the Ground hog that year saw his shadow. They shared 65 years of marriage together.
Born in Naper, Nebraska, he was the son of Charles and Mary Lukens. Leland was #7 out of 14 children.
He met Ella Mae at the wedding of Alfred and Neely (Lukens) Beckman, Leland’s sister and Ella Mae’s cousin. Shortly after, he served in the Army from November 1952 to November 1954. He was employed at Vickers and worked as a machinist for 37 years.
Leland was a generous man and cared deeply for his family. In 1973, his brother, Lyle, needed a kidney. Leland was a match and donated his kidney.
He enjoyed 45 seasons of camping and hanging out with his friends in Little Sioux, IA at Woodland Campground. He enjoyed riding his bike and happy hours in Naples, FL at The Hitching Post for 26 seasons. Leland and Ella Mae traveled all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
As a friend, Pat Halsted, said, “Wimp never met a stranger only someone he hadn’t had a conversation with yet.” He was kind and friendly to all. He always welcomed folks to come over, talk, and have a beer.
He is survived by his spouse, Ella Mae Lukens, daughter, Debra Cooper, grandchild, Jessie Burns, and great grandchildren, Madelyn and Duncan Burns.
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