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Robert James Luiken, age 94, of Lake Crystal, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, Mankato. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday (TODAY) at Lake Crystal Mortuary and will continue one hour before service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Lake Crystal Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Grace Baptist Mission Fund or Liberty Baptist Mission Fund (Fremont, NE).
Robert was born September 21, 1922 in Mankato to Nick and Susan (Garrett) Luiken. He attended South Lincoln Country School and Lake Crystal High School. He married Kathleen E. Goodburn on March 5, 1944 at the Lincoln Baptist Church, rural Lake Crystal.
Robert farmed, worked at the Land O Lakes milk plant in Lake Crystal, and was Janitor Foreman at Mankato State University from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. Robert did custodial work along with his family at the First Presbyterian Church, Lake Crystal Bank, Lake Crystal Post Office, and Lake Crystal Baptist Church. They attended during their married lives Medo Baptist Church, Lake Crystal Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, New Ulm, and Grace Baptist Church, Mankato.
Robert is survived by three sons, Steve Luiken of Mankato, Everett (Elayne) Luiken of Nevis, MN, and Pastor Roger (Wanda) Luiken of Fremont, NE; nine grandchildren, Shannon (Ron) Wolke, Michelle Luiken Shelton, Ryan (Amber) Luiken, Stacey (Aaron) Will, Amy (Nathan) Myhra, David (Kim) Luiken, Debby (Matt) Repaskey, Daniel (Brittany) Luiken, and Emilea (Joel) Litchfield; twenty two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen on June 12, 2016; daughter-in-law, Gloria Luiken; eight sisters; and four brothers.
Published on July 19, 2017
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