Mildred Luckan, 101, Lawrence, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2020 at the Presbyterian Manor. Mildred was born December 13, 1918 in Irving, Kansas, the daughter of Adolph A. and Carrie A. (Luznicky) Kratochvil.
She attended schools in Irving, Marysville, and then Hays, Kansas where she graduated from High School in 1937. After moving to Topeka, Kansas in 1945 she was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company until 1962 when she chose to be a full-time homemaker.
Mildred married George O. Luckan on December 19, 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church, Topeka, Kansas. George preceded her in death on August 26, 2004. Together they enjoyed life on their Douglas County farm, dancing, and time with family and friends. Mildred was a member of Eagles 309 Auxiliary, Pleasant Valley Extension Homemaker Unit, and Trinity Lutheran Church. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Evelyn Miller, Arlene Blanck and Marcella Buchmeier, all of Topeka.
She is survived by a sister, Carolyn and husband James Fitzgerald, Topeka, and a brother, Dale Kratochvil and wife Delores, Greeley, Colorado, and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home and will be live-streamed on Facebook. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned for the near future so that friends and family can safely gather to remember Mildred’s life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Douglas County 4-H Foundation noting Luckan Scholarship, 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS 66046 or Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
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I was so sorry to hear about Mildred, she was our neighbor for almost 25 years. She and George were wonderful people. They always loved seeing our young sons grow up and our boys loved visiting them. The last time I saw Mildred was 3 years ago at a friends birthday party and after 25 years she still remembered me and had so many stories to tell. Thoughts and prayers for her family. She is now with God and George
I am sad to hear that Aunt Mildred has passed away. She has lived a very full life! I remember that when I joined the family and we all were out at the farm her and the other family members enjoying a friendly joke on me about what was being served for dessert! Mildred with a straight face and a serious tone asked if I wanted to have some “Spotted Dog” Needless to say that I was thinking that this new family was strange and I have to figure a polite way to say no. But I said yes and it was a great dessert and I will always love this memory! To all that knew and loved her you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that Uncle George was there to greet her with a twinkle in his eye!
Mildred and George were our neighbors since we moved to my grandparents farm in 1967. George, Gerald and Todd spent a lot of time together fishing, hunting and working with cattle. Mildred was always gracious to fry up the fish for an enjoyable supper with them.
We miss them both.
I remember Mildred from her days at SWB. She was always a gracious lady. sometimes I used to get to see her after she married and moved to the farm. She loved her life there.
My family moved to the Lawrence area in 1970. We drove right by Millie and George’s farm on the way to our farm. I joined Pleasant Valley Extension Unit with Millie and there I got to meet George’s sisters Katherine and Frieda. Millie was always a great friend and yes, Millie you will be missed but you are loved by so many people.
Mildred was a long time member of the Eagles # 309 and I can remember how her and George would be dancing away every Saturday night at the Eagles. She was a remarkable lady.
I worked with Mildred at SWBT, a special person and co-worker.
Mildred lived near us before moving to Presbyterian Manor, and was a fellow member at Trinity Lutheran. It was my privilege to take a gift bag to her every Christmas from the church, so I often heard stories about her long and wonderful life with George. She was a pleasant and gracious lady, and it was a pleasure to know her.
Mildred was our neighbor before she moved to the manor. She was always enjoyable to visit with. Even after she moved, she would keep in touch with a phone call or Christmas card. She will be missed.
Mildred Luckan was a friend for nearly 50 years and a neighbor for for more than half of those years. She was a beautiful and an amazing lady. She and her husband, George, were the heart of our neighborhood. RIP my friend.
Mildred and George were next door neighbors to my parents ( Don and Lillie Stiteler) so to speak out South of Lawrence. I last saw her 5 yrs ago and she knew me immediately….sharp as a tack…Such a nice lady.
I had the privilege of taking care of Mildred as a nurse when I was at the manor. I loved this woman she was remarkable not only for how strong She was and how she never let anything get her down but also for the fact that at 101 she never lost her faculties. She was extremely smart and sharp minded. I will always remember her and she will always be one of my favorites.
I am so sorry for your loss. Mildred was a sweet beautiful lady. I so enjoyed our friendship we had as neighbors. She is with George now!
Always enjoyed visiting with Mildred. I needed to visit her everyday Sachi lived at the Manor. Such a wonderful lady.
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