Tony Noland Lucas, Jr., 89, died Wednesday June 26, in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family. Tony was born in Elk City, OK, on Dec. 30, 1929 to Tony Noland Lucus, Sr. and Ina Sevina Selby. He grew up in Oklahoma and Colorado and joined the Air Force in 1948. He met the love of his life, Ollie Gean Kinkade in Pueblo, Colorado, and they were married in 1948. Tony and Ollie had six girls while they were based in Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.
Tony had a 22-year career in the US Air Force teaching avionics and managing various flight simulators. He was involved with one of the first Link Trainers for the C130. Tony was transferred to Okinawa 1960 and their family enjoyed four years living on Naha Air Force Base. After Naha, the family was transferred to Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL. Tony was then transferred to Alaska in 1967 and immediately fell in love with the state. He retired from Elmendorf Air Force Base in 1970 and then began a second career as an electronics instructor at Anchorage Community College, retiring in 1985. Tony truly enjoyed living and fishing in the great state of Alaska.
Tony and Ollie spent their early retirement years in Washington State and moved to Arizona in 1998. Tony is survived by his wife, Ollie Gean Kinkade-Lucas, and his daughters and sons-in-laws; Sherry Lucas-Schulman (Maury Schulman-dec.), Shirley Lucas-Conner (Richard Conner), Sharon Lucas-Davis (John Davis), Sheila Lucas-Ludiker (Leonard Ludiker), Shannon Lucas-Murphy (Michael Murphy) and Ina Lucas-Mueller (Scott Mueller-dec.). Additionally, he leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Risen Savior Lutheran Church on Friday July 12 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Tony’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topika, KS, 66675, or woundedwarriorproject.org.