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Larry Lee Luiken, 79, of Eldora, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Valley View Specialty Care in Eldora. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 3, at 10:30 AM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa Falls with Pastor Kendy Miller officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 9 AM at the church. Burial will be held at Eastlawn Memory Gardens in Eldora and military honors will be performed by the American Legion Walter-Sayer Post #182. Memorials may be directed to the Eldora American Legion or to the church. Creps-Abels Funeral Home is taking care of Larry and his family. Online condolences may be made at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Larry Luiken was born on August 10, 1939, in Eldora to his parents Otto and Minnie (Berends) Luiken. Larry attended school in Eldora, graduating with the class of 1957. He was drafted in the U.S. Army and served his country honorably for the time of his enlistment. Larry was united in marriage to Pamela Randa in 1969 in Emmetsburg, IA, and of this union they had one son, Scott. He worked for 35 years at the State Boy’s Training School, managing one of the cottages. He and Pamela divorced in 1986, and Larry was later united in marriage to Pamela Sue Blom on June 4, 1988, in Nashua, IA, at the Little Brown Church. Larry was a proud member of the Eldora American Legion, and enjoyed spending his time there playing cards with its members; he also enjoyed bowling and spending time with friends and family.
Larry is survived by his son Scott (Terry) Luiken of Cylinder, IA; step-children Chad Babinat and Kristen Kragle; grandchildren Gus, Staussi, and Brielle. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pamela, and sister Donna.