Joseph Reynold Lucas
Joe Lucas, 69, of Arcadia, passed away early Saturday morning, January 21, 2017 after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. He passed at home surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born in Findlay on June 4, 1947 to Reynold Lucas and Helen (Fornes) Lucas . He was eighth of 12 children and is preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Barbara, Calvin, Dick, Marilyn (Tiller), Patrick, Charles, and Donald Lucas. He is survived by sisters Elaine (Lon) Price (Arizona), Margaret (Tom) Rickle (Vanlue) and Norma (Doug) Caster (Findlay) as well as a brother Bill Lucas (Findlay). Joe loved being part of a big family and was so proud of them! He looked forward to seeing them at the monthly Lucas family breakfasts. He left countless nephews and nieces who were proud to call him Uncle Joe and sister-in-laws Becky Long and Kathy Grine who called him “brother”.
Joe married Laurie Grine on September 15, 1973 and she survives along with son Josh Lucas (Fostoria) and daughters, Tamela Lucas (Fostoria) and Daisy Lucas (Arcadia). Also surviving are grandsons Adam Grine (Toledo), Tristan Lucas (Fostoria), and Lucas Puddicombe (Arcadia). Joe was quick to tell you that his greatest pride and accomplishment in life was his family and he loved them deeply!
Joe became involved in bird watching as a young protege of Doc Phillips, helping him band birds and spending countless hours observing. He continued his love of nature while fishing, hunting, and family camping, a source of countless memories of good times with loved ones. Joe attended St. Michael's School through the eighth grade, continuing on to Findlay High School and graduating in 1965. Joe enjoyed playing sports; CYO basketball, football, and baseball. Joe was a man of strong faith, attending Arcadia United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Wesley Club and served as trustee for a time. He regularly attended the men’s bible study at Buffalo Trading Post. He was an aquatics arthritis instructor for the Geary Family YMCA in Fostoria for many years. Joe enjoyed working with youth in the community, serving as Little League coach and Scoutmaster of Arcadia Troop #331, achieving the rank of vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a substitute aide at Arcadia School for the special needs preschool unit, delighting children of all ages with his Donald Duck impression. Joe retired from Continental Structural Plastics (formerly Budd Co. of North Baltimore) where he worked as a journeyman machine repairer and is a retired member of UAW Local #1889. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and a staunch supporter of veterans, serving in the Army himself.
Joe lived a good life, surrounded by love in life as in death. He is in the arms of Jesus now, reunited with loved ones, and knowing we will be together again one day. We invite you to attend a Celebration of Life for Joe which will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, January 28 at the Arcadia Methodist Church with Pastor Erma Metzger officiating. Joe was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan and we ask those attending to dress casually and wear Buckeyes apparrel if you wish. We hope you will stay for lunch served immediately afterward to visit, laugh, and share your memories of our beloved Joe. Our family would cherish hearing each and everyone of them! Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Patient Services of Hancock County, Bridge Hospice, and the Arcadia United Methodist Church. MANN-HARE-HOENING FUNERAL HOME, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, was entrusted with the arrangements. www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.