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George R. Lukach, Jr., 79

Deacon George R. Lukach, Jr., age 79, of Buffalo, went home to the Lord Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

George had 35 years serving as a deacon in Catholic churches located in Minnesota and Washington.

His love for music involved building and playing the violin. Along with tuning pianos, he raised bees for many years.

After serving for 20 years in the Minnesota Diocese, George and Garnette moved from Buffalo to Deer Park, WA in 1997, where they were involved with Our Lady of the Lake Church, then a Mission Church in Tum Tum, WA. That same year, Deacon George was instrumental in preparing the community to become a parish in the Diocese of Spokane.

Deacon George provided religious training for adults seeking council and knowledge of the Catholic faith. He was a quiet, faith-filled leader who prepared couples for marriage, and their children for baptism. He was also a loved affiliate in the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

George loved life, laughter, traveling, family, and the outdoors. He had served as a volunteer in the support unit for Stevens County Fire District 1 for five years.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Garnette Elizabeth; parents George and Viola Lukach; sons Paul Steven and John Paul; grandson David-John; great-grandson Travis Crane; and sister, Martha Hanson.

He is survived by his children, Russell (Kris) of Buffalo, Yolanda Pfaff (Ted), and Alan, all of Deer Park, WA, John of Holmes Beach, FL, Laura of Valley, WA, Reine McIntosh (Brian) of Elmore, IA, George Jr. IV of Tallahasse, FL, Joseph (Tara) of Silver Creek, Carissma of Buffalo, Joanna of Minneapolis, and David (Lynette) of Montrose; a daughter-in-law, Teresa, of Annandale; his sisters, Anne Davis and Paula Kesler; 24 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at St Francis Xavier Church in Buffalo, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Interment followed at St Mark’s Cemetery.

Arrangements were by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.