William “Earl” Lucas
William “Earl” Lucas, 96, of rural Bowling Green passed away June 3rd at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. Earl was born May 31, 1922 in Farmersburg to Sylvia A. Lucas and William Eldridge Lucas. In 1940 and 1941, Earl served in the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp 1582 in Monon, Indiana. He later worked in a foundry in Michigan City and then he moved to Indianapolis and worked as a truck driver.
In 1943, Earl met the love of his life, Pauline, and the two were married just a few months later on November 25, 1943 at the Elletsville Christian Church. The couple moved to Anderson, Indiana to begin their family, and Earl began his work with Emge Packing Company, where he worked until his retirement. After retirement, Earl and Pauline moved to a farm in rural Bowling Green. During his 40 years of retirement living, Earl enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and trapping. He also became an active volunteer with the Patricksburg Fire Department and was also extremely involved with Farm Bureau, serving for several years as the local Vice President.
Earl is survived by his daughter, Darleen (Ben) Carron of Roanoke, Indiana; 3 Grandchildren, Jeffrey Gregory of Joliet, IL; Troy (Jennica) Lucas of Wolfeboro, NH; and Trina Krompack of Anderson, IN; 4 Great Grandchildren, Quinn Lucas, Kade Lucas, Isabella Krompack and Conner Krompack; Daughter-in-Law Tonya Lucas of Anderson; Sister Wilma Hilst of Terre Haute; Brother Paul Lucas of Poland, IN; several nieces, nephews, cousins and some wonderful friends and neighbors. Earl was preceeded in death by Pauline (his wife of 72 years), his son Gary Lucas, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
In 1996, Earl became a resident of Cloverleaf Healthcare in Knightsville, Indiana, where he made several new friends. The family is so thankful for the love and care that he received from the staff while living there.
Visitation is at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home in Clay City, IN Friday, June 8th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9th, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial is at Nyes Chappel in Farmersburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the CCC Legacy at www.CCCLegacy.org.