Gary L. Luedecke Sr. made the transition to God’s right hand on August 2, 2009 peacefully at home.
Born of Mildred and Erwin Luedecke in Nixon, Texas on September 11, 1934. Gary was very proud that maternal and paternal grandparents had immigrated from Germany through the Port of Galveston. The family moved to Austin and when Gary was 8 years old with his mother and sister moved to Galveston. After graduating from Ball High he proudly served in the US Navy. After his honorable discharge he married and had three children. Owner of the Sugar Cone Ice-cream Parlor and Broadway Service Station he later retired from Falstaff Brewery and UTMB. After 24 single years he met the love of his life at the 1894 Grand Opera House and married Jerry L. Curran Luedecke on April 24, 1993. Until he and Jerry married he was not known for crossing the causeway. They were active in the Galveston Historical Foundation, Plank owners of the tall ship Elisa, Galveston Democrats and volunteers at the Opera house. They traveled the world, seeing Japan as members of Galveston sister city committee, Singapore, Alaska, Europe and took many cruses to the Caribbean including the Panamá Canal, East Coast, Canada, and the Bahamas.
Gary was a avid gardener, loving the yard and flowers, growing the stick that supported the plant and said his yard was his relaxation, he now resides with The Master Gardner. Gary was truly a honorable, caring and forgiving person. Gary became a 32 degree Mason in Harmony Lodge No.6, Scottish Rite Red Hat, KCCH, and El Mina Shriners. An active Shriner Gary served as President of the Motor Patrol, Director of the Director’s Staff, Line officer, President of the Bay Area Shrine Club, and a driver for the Shriners Hospital for Children. The warm smile and booming voice will be missed by his many friends at the Carnival Cruse Line, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church and everyone who knew him.
Our many thanks to special friends Bill and Marva Adamik, Bill and Mary Litzman, Karl Lewis, Sandy Harden, Troy and Mickie Harris, Bob Gard and Rev. Drew Weber for their support during the special times.
Waiting to welcome Gary to Heaven, with our Lord, are his mother, Mildred, son, Ronnie and sister, Marjorie. Left with love and wonderful memories are wife, Jerry Luedecke; son, Gary Luedecke Jr. of Austin; daughter, Sheryl Mallia (Wayne) of Galveston; half-brothers, Emil Luedecke and Jimmie Luedecke (Margaret) of Zepher, Texas; step-sons Dennis Curran of Phoenix, AZ and Michael Curran, (Ella) of Galveston; Grandchildren; Lesslie Pate (Steven) of Jacksonville, TX, Erin Curran, Hope Curran, Corey Mallia, Madeline Mallia of Galveston; niece, Sandra Williams and two great grandchildren.
Tentatively a Masonic service will be held, 4:00pm Friday, August 7, 2009 at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, in Galveston with visitation prior to the service beginning at 3:00pm. Please check for additional obituary service information in case the service time and date may need to be changed.
The family request memorial gifts be sent to the American Cancer Society, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Hospice Care Team, Humane Society or charity of the donor’s choice.