Ralph A. Lukas, 87, of Freehold Township passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at CentraState Medical Center. Born in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, Ralph had lived in Staten Island and Butler, PA prior to settling here in 2017. He served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War with the 1st Cavalry Division where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars. After the war, he went to work as an auto mechanic at Taverna Fuel and the City of New York. He was known as the best mechanic around. Ralph loved his cars, especially his Buick Town & Country convertible. Known by all as Pop, he was a handyman at heart and a jack-of-all trades who loved to fish, hunt, go to drag races with his son, and spend time with his beautiful daughter. Ralph adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and they are blessed to have so many amazing memories with such a great man. He was the toughest guy in the neighborhood, quite the wise guy, and a hero to his family.
Ralph was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marie Lukas. He is survived by his children, Ralph Lukas and his wife, Diane of Butler, PA, Laura Lukas of Freehold Township, and Paul Lukas and his wife, Krisann of Howell; grandchildren, Ralph, Thomas, Melissa, Melanie, Emily, Danielle, Samantha and Hannah; and great grandchildren, Kaylie, Chasity, Laughlin, Annalise, Wes and Noah.
Visitation will be held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (Route 524), Freehold Township on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM with his funeral service to follow. For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com