Larry Lucas



Larry Ray Lucas of Columbus passed peacefully in his home on Monday, April 17th. Because he knew the Lord, his family knows he is with God now. Larry’s last words to his wife were, “Keep your eyes on Jesus.” The family feels Larry said it best when he would say, “We have to die to live.” Larry knew he would be with Jesus, not because of the life he lived, but because of God’s grace. Larry knew he was a sinner, as we all are, and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It is because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that Larry received the gift of salvation and eternal life in Heaven.

Larry was born in January 1945 to Elza and Bertha (Bond) Lucas. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1963. He began working at Cummins and joined the Navy. He served in the Navy from 1965 to 1968. Larry returned to work at Cummins and retired in 1996. He attended Petersville United Methodist Church. While Larry had many interests in his life, one of his greatest passions was collecting and delivering bibles to Love Packages ( in Butler, IL. He was an avid sprint car racing fan. Larry loved to visit his “little friends” every Tuesday at his daughter Jane’s day care (Little Friends Day Care &Preschool.) You could often find him playing his “expensive instrument”, his plastic kazoo. The children loved guessing what tune he was playing. If he wasn’t playing his kazoo, he was usually passing out suckers to his little friends. The children always called him “Sucker Man.” His little friends sure will miss Sucker Man. One little friend said it best when she said, “The Sucker Man lives with Jesus!”

He married Brenda (Miller) Lucas in 1986 and she survives. He is also survived by daughters Karen (Chris) Taylor of Brownstown and Jane (Kenny) Gray of Seymour. Larry had five grandchildren Mackenzie Taylor, Ty Gray, Gaby Taylor, Tori Gray, and Will Gray. Larry is also survived by a sister, Gwen Wilkerson of Columbus and sister in laws, LuAnne James of Florida and Lynne (Jim) Cook of Hope. He also has several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in law, Jim and Mary Grace Miller, a sister, Linda Smock, and brother in laws, Jeff Wilkerson and Ed James.

A private celebration of life is being planned for his immediate family. Memorial contributions can be made to Love Packages, Petersville United Methodist Church, or Our Hospice.

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