Michael Joe Luke

1939 - 2019

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Mick Luke, 79, of Van Buren, Ohio, passed away on February 26, 2019 in Tampa, Florida after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruthann (Cobb) Luke; his sons: Matthew (Carole), and Jeff (Jennifer); 5 grandchildren: Josh, Nick, Sam, Chloe, and Calloway; and one great-grandchild, Dakota. Mick was born on June 18, 1939 to Richard P. Luke and Ruth (Ridge). He was the oldest of three children, and is survived by his two younger sisters: Dixie Stump and Jane Wilch. Mick was a devoted husband, a good father, and loving grandfather who had a deep affection for his family, and boundless generosity to both family and friends, as evidenced by the large circle of friends he maintained throughout his life. Mick loved spending summers with Ruthann at their cottage in Michigan where he enjoyed fishing, boating, playing golf, and entertaining friends and family. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities. He was so proud of his family and he will be missed very much, not only for his love and friendship, but for his leadership, strength, and guidance. Visitation will be held at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay, Ohio on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Van Buren Presbyterian Church. Online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, March 8th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, March 9th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Bechtel Cemetery [Map]
    Township Road 229
    Van Buren, Ohio 45889

  • Contributions:

    Van Buren Presbyterian Church - Luke
    207 W. Market St.
    Van Buren, Ohio 45889

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To : Ruth Ann Matt and Jeff
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Lynn Martin
Heartfelt condolences for your loss of a husband and father. I am disappointed I will not be on hand to pay my respects this weekend.
I will always cherish the many memories Mick and I shared while he kept the scorebook for VB basketball games. He truly loved VB and the sport of basketball.
Mick made numerous positive contributions to the success of VB basketball!
Lynn Martin

To : Matt Luke and Family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Sheri Gentry
Our deepest condolences for your loss at this time. May God's peace ease the pain of grief you are experiencing.
Sheri and Mike Gentry

To : Ruth Ann Matt Jeff
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Scott Coburn
My sincere condolences go to you during this time of sadness. Mick was an amazing man that was a strong role model while I was growing up, and I have so many wonderful memoires of him. I know that anyone that knew him knows he made a difference in their lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time.

Scott Coburn & Family

To : Matt Carole and family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Lynn Schank
I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. . .

To : Ruthann
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Bill Drager
So sorry to hear about Mick's passing. He was a good friend and we shared a lot of laughs at breakfast at the Dark Horse and Kathy's Korner restaurants. I was blessed to have seen Mick one last time last year when I visited Findlay. May he rest in peace.

To : Ruthann Luke
Date :Monday, March 4th 2019
From : Jerry Kuhlman
Ruthann -

I'm so very sorry to hear about Mick. I last saw the two of you at the Van Buren football game last fall. I pray that the Lord will grant you peace during this difficult time.


To : Mick's Family
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Jim Brooks
My deepest condolences for your loss. I had the pleasure of working on many of the same projects with Mick over the past 20 years. He was a good friend. There are a limited number of "Good Guys" in the construction industry. Mick was one of them. I will miss him.
May God's Blessings be with you.

To : Ruthann
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Steve Clark
I will be thinking about you as you deal with the days ahead. I hope your gentle nature will help you cope with your grief.

To : Ruthann and family
Date :Tuesday, March 5th 2019
From : Pam and Jim Bott
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. Prayers are with you also. Sincerely, Pam and Jim

To : Ruthann
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Donna lichtle
So sorry for your loss. Mick was a wonderful and fun guy to be around. May peace and comfort be with you and your family.

To : Ruthann and family
Date :Wednesday, March 6th 2019
From : Bud and Susan Barringer
We were so sorry to hear about Mick. He was always such a fun loving guy that everybody loved. Since we are out of state and won't be able to attend, please know our hearts and prayers are with all of you.

To : Ruthann
Date :Thursday, March 7th 2019
From : Liam Cobb
Mrs. Ruthann,
I’m so sorry I’m unavailable to make it, I’m so sorry for our loss, I miss him dearly, he was a GREAT man!! I love you and miss you! You’ll be in my prayers! God Bless!

To : Ruthann and family
Date :Friday, March 8th 2019
From : Rodney Jenny Richards Rachelle Black Nicole Richa
Mom and dad are now living at The Heritage and are unable to get out any longer. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time!

To : Mick's family
Date :Saturday, March 9th 2019
From : Bob Schuck
I was so sorry to learn of Mick's passing. He was always very kind and very professional. He hung the wall covering in my law office a Chase bank. And when I open pirate's cove, he hung the wall covering there and never charged me because he realized I was doing that for the community and the kids. He was an excellent Craftsman and a fine man and I know he will be missed, but the wonderful thing is we know we'll all be together again someday. God bless you Bob Schuck

To : Ruthann Matt and Jeff
Date :Wednesday, March 13th 2019
From : Ed Cathy Hamilton
I am so sorry to read about Mick’s passing. May you feel God’s loving arms surrounding you during this time, giving you a peace that only He can give. ((Hugs))