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Obituary - Robert "Robby" Lucke

 

Robbie Lucke

Robert Lucke died very peacefully April 21, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

Robby, as he wanted to be called, was born Jan. 10, 1941, in Havre to Louis Lucke Jr., known as "Bee," and Virginia Stuart Lucke.

Robby graduated from Northern Montana College in 1959 with a teaching degree. He taught English and history in Glasgow as well as coached their speech and debate team from 1964-1974. In 1970, he attended the master's program at University of Montana, earning his counseling degree.

In 1974, Lucke moved back to Havre and sold cars for Angstman Motors - and, along with Bill Baily and Ted Reber, he started Bear Paw Homes, a Galliton mobile home dealership. He also started a popular column in the Havre Daily News called "Howdy Beaver Reports," running from 1974 to 2004.

Missing the big mountains and his mother, Robby moved to Somers on the Flathead Lake. He went to work for Glacier National Park driving red buses and teaching others to do informative, interesting and entertaining Glacier Park bus tours. He also assisted in writing a Red Bus Driver's Manual and stated that it was the best job he ever had, establishing lifelong friendships and a historic legacy.

In 2010, he and Mother moved back to Havre and lived there until his passing.

Prior to his passing, Robby was working on two books, one about his grandfather and one about his travels in Red Bus 93 - "93 and Me," he called it. He also enjoyed his job interviewing local people and writing for the Big Sandy Mountaineer, again gaining respected friends and memories.

Robby was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Lou Ann.

He is survived by his many friends and adopted family, the Huletts, Tom, Michael, Mary, Rhett, Wendy and William and their families, and his beloved dog, Fala.

Robby's funeral is at the Van Orsdel United Methodist Church Tuesday, May 8, at 3 p.m.

Robby dictated this obituary to Michael at the Grandview Transitional Center in Great Falls.

A true author and story teller.

 

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