Robert Eugene “Lucky” Luckason, 73, Cedar Rapids, IA, died on May 5, 2018 after a short illness. There will be no memorial service.
Lucky was born on December 28, 1944 in Cedar Rapids as the second child and only son to Mildrede (DeVault) Luckason and Andrew Luckason. Except for his time serving in the U.S. Navy, Lucky lived his entire life in Eastern Iowa. Lucky attended Washington High School, where he graduated in 1963 and competed on the bowling team that won the state championship.
Lucky enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a hospital corpsman. He was honorably discharged in 1970 after his tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his discharge, Lucky attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa.
Lucky married Marybelle Elam on September 7, 1974. They both worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for many years, with Lucky serving as a Central Sterilizing Technician II for 38 years, retiring in 2010. In his free time, Lucky enjoyed gardening, camping with Marybelle in their RV, visits to Union Grove Lake, quilting, and sitting down with his friends for a hot cup of coffee at the Casey’s Social Club (Mt. Vernon Rd. Chapter).
Lucky will be greatly missed by those of us who loved him. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Marybelle Luckason, his beloved Golden Retrievers, Emma (preceded by Jake, Mary Kate, Katydid and Daphne the Cockapoo); his sister, Shirley Miller of Cedar Rapids; brother in-law Jeff Elam of Iowa City; sister in-law Heidi Brodersen (Eric) of Madison, WI; niece Erin Brodersen Bailey (Marcus) of Madison, WI; nephew Cary Miller (Crystal) of Kansas City, MO; nephew Brad Miller (and children Wyatt, Finn, and Olivia) of St. Paul, MN; and numerous beloved cousins.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are invited to make tribute gifts in Lucky’s memory to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, 505 5th Ave, Suite 444, Des Moines, IA, 50309, www.inhf.org.