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Wilburn F. “Bill” Luedke

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Wilburn F. “Bill” Luedke, age 92, of Crockett passed away Thursday, December 19, 2019 in Winfield Nursing Center. He was born March 7, 1927 outside Brenham to parents. William Luedke and Frieda Kieke Luedke. Bill served in the United States Navy being sworn in Houston in 1944 during World War II. While in basic training in Memphis, Tennessee, he went to Yellow Water Millington, Tennessee Radio School. He trained for Air Gunnery at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida and was awarded the Victory Medal in Europe in April, 1945. After the bomb was dropped August of 1945, Bill then was transferred to New Orleans on Lake Ponchatrain being discharged in 1946. He came back to Columbus and started doodle bugging for Apache Explorations then in 1947, went back to New Orleans to Gulf Radio Technical School for nine months afterwards working for United Fruit Company as a radio operator. Bill talked about the fruit boats being the “white fleet” as they were naval ships used during the war! He left as a Seaman first class to pursue other interests. While doodle bugging through Louisiana with Standard Oil, he met his bride of 64 years, Mickey. Bill worked for many years as a field foreman for AMOCO Production where he retired. He was a charter member and elder of the Grace Lutheran Church in Crockett.

Bill is survived by daughter, Valyre Gates and husband, Louis of Crockett; grandchildren, Clint Riley and wife, Ashley of Coppell, Amanda Ogelsby and husband, Jonathan of Midlothian, Blake Gates and wife, Colbie of Crockett, Cody Luedke and wife, Jody of Abbeville, Louisiana; Jason Gates of Plano; great-grandchildren, Mason, Zane, Merritt, Avery, Greyson, Makenna, Charlotte, David, Logan, and Katherine. He is preceded in death by wife, Mickey Luedke; son, William Luedke; grandson, Jordan Gates.

Funeral services for Wilburn F. “Bill” Luedke will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2019 in the Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor St. Jean officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Memorial Park.

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  1. I never had heard of Uncle Bill’s military service and regret not inquiring about it from him. I do deeply appreciate his dedication to task for his service!
    Thank You, Uncle Bill!!

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