Pomeroy Washington Downtown National Historic District
Michael Eugene Lueck, 39, a U.S. Marine Corps officer and former Pomeroy resident, died Friday at the University of Washington Medical Center here of melanoma cancer.
He was the son of Larry Leon and Lillian J. Ferrell Lueck, born Sept. 17, 1958, at Pomeroy. He grew up there and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1977.
He then attended Washington State University at Pullman and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. He participated in ROTC and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps Feb. 22, 1982.
He married Caroline Louise Kazda September 10, 1982, at Pomeroy.
Lueck was stationed at Pensacola, Florida, for flight school training. He received orders in November 1983 for attachment to a helicopter squadron for seven years at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was promoted to captain, then major, while with the squadron.
He was selected to attend Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, Va., for a year in 1990.
He returned to Camp Pendleton and was stationed there from 1991 to 1995.
During the Persian Gulf War, he was selected to attend Command and Staff School at Quantico and was later attached to Manpower at Quantico Headquarters Marine Corp.
During his military career, Lueck was deployed five times each for six-month periods to Okinawa aboard the USS Pelilu and the USS Okinawa.
Lueck was diagnosed with cancer in December, 1994. At the time of his death, he was working on a master's degree in education and was being considered for promotion to lieutenant colonel.
He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church at Triangle, Virginia, and taught Sunday school there. He also assisted with the church's sound system and with church maintenance and sang and played during services.
He participated in ten different sports. He enjoyed working with wood and refinishing furniture. He also loved animals, especially German shepherds.
He played piano, guitar, viola and drums and was a member of a Pomeroy band when younger.
Survivors include his wife at the family's Quantico home; three sons, Nathan, Isaac and Joshua Lueck, all of Quantico; his mother of Pomeroy; and four brothers, Kevin Ferrell of Phoenix, Steve (Bud) Lueck of Walla Walla and Doug and Zack Lueck, both of Pomeroy.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Richardson-Brown Funeral Home at Pomeroy. The Rev. Cliff Burroughs of Triangle will officiate and a military graveside service will follow at the Pomeroy City Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Children's Missions in care of the Rev. Cliff Burroughs, First Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 123, Triangle VA 22171.