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Obituary: Lucas

Charles “Chuck Lucas, 95, of Pontiac, passed away at 1:16pm, April 10, 2022, at his residence.

His funeral will be held at 10:00am, Friday, April 15, 2022, at Pontiac Bible Church. Pastor Jarrod Bartholomew will be officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Pontiac.

Visitation will be held from 4-7:00pm, Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Pontiac Bible Church and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to Pontiac Township High School Track and Field Program. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa is in charge of arrangements.

Chuck was born February 4, 1927, in West Frankfort, the son of Charlie and Mary Eliza (Biddle) Lucas. He first married Gloria Swuaglia in 1949. She died January 26, 1996. He married Diane Kerr in 1972. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dawn (Ed) Tindell and Mary (Sam) Hoffman both of St. Augustine, FL, Melissa (Randall) Shane of Boise, ID, Michael (Jerri) Lucas of Pontiac, and David (Jennifer) Lucas of Germantown Hills; adopted daughter, Brianna (Chance) Chapman of Pontiac; step-daughter, Kathy (Tim) Dunham of Pontiac; grandchildren, Samantha Hoffman, Scarlett (Justin) Williams, Samantha Lucas, Hunter Lucas, Jacob Lucas, Jaden Lucas, Ty Lucas, Houston Lucas, Kate Lucas, Joseph Lucas, Nevaeh Chapman, and Natalia Chapman; great-grandchildren, Payton Williams, Kyndall Bush, Paisleigh Williams, Kamryn Bush, and Kellan Behlin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, John Lucas; step-daughter, Debbe Schultz; sister, Mary Evelyn Hall; and brothers, James and Carl Lucas.

Mr. Lucas taught at Cabery High School. Cabery from 1951-1953, Chenoa Grade School from 1953-1958, Hinckley Big Rock High School, Hinkley from 1958-1961, Oak Park High School from 1961-1966, and last taught for 21 years at Pontiac Township High School from 1966-1987.

He coached boys track, baseball, and basketball and girls basketball during his coaching career. He took the Pontiac Township High School Boys Track team to 1st in State in 1987. He also enjoyed coaching American Legion Baseball.

Chuck and his wife owned and operated Pontiac Courtesy Cleaners. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during WWII and a member of the Pontiac American Legion and Pontiac Bible Church.

Chuck was an avid Cardinal Fan.

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