Edward F. Luecke of Hilltown turned 90 years old on Sept. 6, Labor Day. Born and raised in Hilltown, he was one of eight children.
He married Rosemarie Tornetta on Oct. 20, 1956 and he was married for 61 years, before his wife died in 2017. He has three children, four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.
Ed worked 34 years at Ebert’s in Lansdale. He ran the fabricating shop and built custom truck bodies. He was known as the best welder in the area, his daughter Deborah Kramer said.
He moved on to Lehigh Valley Dairies, and worked as a fabricator in the maintenance department for 20 years and he was the Teamsters Union 463 steward.
Ed enjoys hunting and gardening, and after retirement, he had more time to pursue his hobbies. He was a guide for pheasant hunts at Powderbourne in Pennsburg. “He loved taking his beloved dog with him on the guides and socializing with the customers. They all loved him and would request him for the next hunt, his daughter said. After retirement, Ed and Rosemarie traveled to many places with Perkiomen bus tours.
Ed served in the U.S. Army for three years in the 4th Infantry Division. Ed had twin brothers who fought in World War II. His brother Louis was killed in combat and brother Bill received a Purple Heart.
Ed is a remarkable father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle and friend, and loved and admired by all who know him, his family says.