Gordon Lawrence Luker, 82, of Cabot, Arkansas and formerly of Hammett & Twin Falls, Idaho died on Sept. 3, 2023 in Searcy, Arkansas due to medical complications.
Gordon was born on June 15, 1941 in Pocatello, Idaho where he grew up with his large and loving family.
Gordon married Jennie Rutherford and was loving and dedicated husband and father to his family where they raised 3 children together, Keith, Teresa and Carey Luker. Even after their divorce in the early 80s Gordon and Jennie maintained a life long friendship and camaraderie in their shared life and children. His family’s presence brought immense happiness to his life. He adored his five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was kind hearted and generous to those he deeply loved and had a silly fun sense of humor that left many fond memories to those who knew him.
Gordon spent most of his life working for Union Pacific Railroad where he dedicated decades to the safety of the company and it’s employees. He had life long friends from his work in railroad and an immense pride in being a “Railroader”.
Gordon had a myriad of interests that brought joy to his life. He was an avid antique collector and dealer. He took pride in amassing a unique collection of coins, pop bottles, old and unusual things. His knowledge of antiques and coins was beyond compare. These treasures showcased his appreciation for history and beauty. He was a talented pianist and loved to listen to piano and instrumental music; a love which he passed on to his children; even to this day. He had a soft spot and love of cats and dogs that lasted until the day he passed away.
Gordon and his father, Bob, built a small family cabin in Island Park, Idaho. Over the years with upgrades, improvements and dedication the cabin has been a cherished center of family life and vactions, enjoyed for decades by the many generations of family and close friends. Gordon had a love of going into Yellowstone early mornings to see the animals as the sun came up and people watching in the afternoons.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Merrill; father, Oscar Luker; stepfather, Bob Donat; brothers, Harold and Ronald Luker; sister, Dianne Olson; son, Keith Luker and daughter, Teresa Luker.
Gordon is survived by his daughter, Carey Luker; sister, Eileen Groome; brothers, James Donat, Terry Donat; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Gordon's passing is mourned by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
A funeral service to honor Gordon's life will take place at 11:00 a.m., September 18, 2023, at Farmer Funeral Chapel, 130 9th Ave N. in Buhl, Idaho. A viewing will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the funeral at the Glenn Rest Cemetery in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, where he will be laid next to his beloved son.
Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to pay their respects and celebrate Gordon's remarkable journey.