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William "Bill" Hager Luckenbach, 78

William "Bill" Hager Luckenbach, 78, of Blackduck, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cease Funeral Home in Blackduck, with the Rev. Shawn Laughlin officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck with full military honors provided by American Legion Post No. 372 of Blackduck.

The pallbearers will be John Killion, Bryan King, Max Johnson and Ross Johnson.

He was born Nov. 5, 1931, to Wilbert Hager and Adella (LeClert) Luckenbach. He was raised in and graduated from high school at Beverly Hills. He then enlisted with the U.S. Marines. He served in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He was a Navy F-4 fighter pilot who flew more than 50 sorties in combat. He received three Purple Hearts and had been a POW in Vietnam after being shot down, where he received medical care and regained his health. He earned two Bronze Star medals and a Silver Star medal. He honorably retired after 12 years of active duty service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He married Patricia Ethel Hayer on Dec. 8, 1968, in Las Vegas, Nev. They then lived for 10 years in Hawaii where he owned and operated the Luckenbach Corporation. In 1978, they moved back to Los Angeles where he worked as a facilities engineer for Pioneer, Inc. They retired to Hawaii in 1987. They moved to Minnesota in 2002 to be with family. He was a member of the Itasca Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Minn. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and especially loved being anywhere with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of Blackduck; children, Kellie Waller of Blackduck, George Killion of Honolulu, Hawaii, John (Loretta) Killion of Redondo Beach, Calif., Jim (Nancy) King of Ramona, Calif., Dianne (Randy) Veach of San Diego, Calif., and Donna (Daniel) Stockalper of San Diego, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara (Lowell) Jenkins of Sacremento, Calif., and Elizabeth Lang of Anchorage, Alaska; three nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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