Joseph Lucas


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.


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Jan Nomina

Dear Josh and the Lucas Family,

So sorry to learn of your loss. May loving memories warm your hearts, comfort, and fill you with God's peace, during this most difficult time and in the days ahead.

Most sincere Sympathy,
Jim and Jan Nomina
Encournter(Assembly of Church) Fostoria

 Posted January 30, 2017 - 8:48pm
Connie L Lowery

Laurie and family, We are so sorry for yourloss. We are so glad we got to meet you both at the YMCA. We enjoyed the class he taught!! Prayers and hugs for you and your family. Connie Lowery and Michael Mason.

 Posted January 27, 2017 - 8:51pm
Ruthann Passalacqua

Adam, I was sorry to hear about your grandpa. I know you loved him a lot. But you learned that one day you will have the chance to see him again on this earth, to fish again, but then the earth will be a paradise earth. You know that he will be resurrected to the earth because of what Isaiah 25:8 says" He will swallow up death forever and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces". There is no death in heaven, so this scripture has to be referring to the earth. Psalm 37:29 shows the earth will be here forever. I hope these scriptures, plus others you learned about the resurrection here on earth, gives you some comfort in this time of sadness.

 Posted January 27, 2017 - 10:24am
Ruthann Passalacqua

As we offer our condolences, we praise Jesus that Joseph is now alive and well in Heaven, although he will surely be missed here on earth. In the days ahead, may Jesus our God of comfort embrace you all with His loving arms as you remember and celebrate his life legacy. We have found the lyrics of this great song to be an encouragement to us during times of trouble and sorrow, and we share with you: 'On Christ the solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand'.

 Posted January 27, 2017 - 6:29pm
Jean Starr

I'm so sorry for the loss of Joe. He was a wonderful cousin and always so very nice to me. Joe sure looked like his daddy. I pray God gives the family peace of mind. God Bless you all.

 Posted January 25, 2017 - 9:17am
Joyce schulter

Daisy and family. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and yours. Joyce

If you should need anything or just talk give me a holler

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 4:11pm
Jim Beeson

Our thoughts are with you and your family, Laurie. My memory is watching Lucas and Joe bonding in the water during Lucas's swim class and Joe's excerise class. Peace be with you.

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 12:37pm
Jim Beeson

Our thoughts are with you and your family, Laurie. My memory is watching Lucas and Joe bonding in the water during Lucas's swim class and Joe's excerise class. Peace be with you.

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 12:37pm
Jim Beeson

Our thoughts are with you and your family, Laurie. My memory is watching Lucas and Joe bonding in the water during Lucas's swim class and Joe's excerise class. Peace be with you.

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 12:36pm
Nicole (Kieffer) Alexander

Our condolences to Joe and his family. He truly left a legacy of love.

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 12:26pm
Shelly Barger

So sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thought and prayers.

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 9:12am
Kathy Hemminger

Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. No more suffering now in Gods loving hands

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 9:00am
Jennifer Sander

I am sorry for you loss. I always enjoyed saying hi to Joe when he went to the YMCA arthritis class. He always had a smile on his face. Your family will be in my prayers

 Posted January 24, 2017 - 8:43am
Bruce Crane

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I did not get to know Joe real well as we were only acquainted for a short while but one thing was very evident; Joe was a wonderful person, father, husband, and friend who had a love for life and especially for His Lord. Grace and peace to all his family and friends. May God bless his memory.

 Posted January 23, 2017 - 9:19pm
David & Fran Boucher

We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 Posted January 23, 2017 - 1:48pm
Joe & Chris Dibley, Peyton too

So sorry to hear about Joe....sorry for the family but not for him. He was one of the good ones and know that our prayers and thoughts are with you.

 Posted January 23, 2017 - 8:23am

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