James Luchak was born in Wharton, Texas and grew up in the Houston Heights, attended All Saints Catholic grade school, and graduated from St. Thomas High School class of 1961. After active service overseas with the US Army as an artillery surveyor, James returned to Houston to start his career and family. Jim worked for Samuel Bingham Enterprises for 37 years as plant manager and was a national urethane specialist for Bingham. When the Houston plant closed, he declined to be relocated preferring to stay in Texas. He moved to Galveston and began a new career in retail with Pier One in Galveston, where he worked for six years.
James enjoyed hiking, camping, parachuting, and scuba diving but his real passion was running. Jim was a founding member and assistant coach for Houston Fit (now USA Fit), and completed 25 marathons from Big Sur to Paris, including several Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio marathons, as well as numerous smaller races from the Polish Pickle Festival run to the Jingle Bell run.
James is preceded in death by his parents Stephen Luchak and Annie Morris Luchak, and by his sister Janie Luchak, and brothers August Luchak and William Luchak. He is survived by his wife Alexa of Galveston; his brother Stephen Luchak and wife Evelyn, and brother Martin Luchak and wife Mary, and his sister Dorothy Chevalier and husband Archie, all of Weimar, Texas; brother Raymond Luchak of Roman Forest, Texas; daughter Jackie Luchak-Gomez and husband Jeffrey Buchanan of Houston; daughter Jennifer Shrewsbury and husband Garie of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; and son James Michael Luchak of Dallas; grandchildren Gabriela Gomez, William Alexander Gomez III, and Megan, Emily and Melanie Shrewsbury; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Thursday December 31, at 10:00 am at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway in Galveston, with the family receiving visitors after 9:00 am. Military graveside service will be held at the Houston National Cemetery at 1:00 pm.
James Luchak died of an apparent heart attack on December 23. He was 67.