Richard J. Luczak, 87

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Richard Joseph “Sarge” Luczak, 87, of Taylorville, formerly of Morrisonville, died on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Taylorville Care Center.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville with the Rev. John Burnette as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.  Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Luczak was born on July 4, 1934, in Chicago, the son of Edward J. and Wilhelmene (Woods) Luczak.  He married Lorraine Stripeik on April 30, 1960, in Stickney (now Burbank), and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2021.

Upon graduating from high school in Chicago, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  After his honorable discharge, he went on to a career in the Illinois State Police, retiring in 1984 as a special agent with the Division of Criminal Investigation.  During his retirement, he and his wife owned and operated Sarge’s Country Pub and Eatery in Morrisonville for 11 years. After selling the pub, he worked many more years for Bob Ridings Ford in Taylorville. 

He was a longtime member of St. Maurice Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus #1151, American Legion Post #721, Nokomis Masonic Lodge #0456, and the Fraternal Order of Police Trooper’s Lodge #41.

He is survived by a daughter, Carmen Luczak of Raymond; sons, Louie (wife Shirl) of Florence, OR, Tom (wife Laurie) of Aiea, HI, and Pete Luczak of Springfield; a son-in-law, Richard Fuchs of O’Fallon; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (husband Bob) Connors of Tinley Park; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Rick Luczak; and a daughter, Michelle Fuchs.

Memorial contributions may be made to: National Alliance on Mental Illness, 4301 Wilson Blvd Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203. Visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories  and offer condolences.

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