Gordon L Luke

September 2, 1946 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Gordon Luke Obituary

Gordon L Luke, age 77, passed away peacefully at home on February 7th. He was surrounded with all the love you can imagine with his wife, two sons, daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, holding him as he left to be with Jesus. He was born in Erie, September 2, 1946 to the late Wilson and Marion Luke. 

He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Bob and Cassie Deitrick, brothers Lewis and Wayne Luke. 

Gordy was married to the love of his life and best friend Joyce Deitrick Luke whom he started dating in 1964 and married on June 7, 1969. 

He leaves behind his first and best looking son, Brian (Jody) Luke; his favorite daughter, Michele Luke Astor (Ryan Astor) and the child who was finally perfected, Todd (Renee) Luke. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Lawson and Addyson Luke, Braden, Jordy and Bella Astor. He had the honor of having Joyce's brother, Bob Deitrick (Kelly) as his brother-in-law, and third son.

At age 20, January 1966, he took over the family Farm and Greenhouse after his father’s sudden death. He was the third generation to take over the business which just celebrated 100 years this past year (1923 to 2023). He grew the greenhouse business from one to currently nine greenhouses in total. The business will continue to grow with Todd Luke at the helm as he has worked side by side with his dad for the past decade to continue his legacy. Gordy also owned and operated a Montgomery Ward catalog agency from (1975 to 1986) and also an Agway franchise (1986 to 2013).

One of his greatest accomplishments was winning the PA state tractor driving contest at the Harrisburg farm show January 1962. His love of golf and spending time with his golfing buddies gave him the opportunity to achieve two holes in one. One at Blueberry Hill and the other at Corry Golf Course. 

He was a hard-working man who didn’t know how to retire. His love was his family and found such joy working in the greenhouses with all the plants while watching them bloom. 

Other family he leaves behind are brother-in-law, Jack Dietrick; brother/sister-in-law, Richard and Dee Dee Gregg; and sisters-in-law, Cindy Luke and Gerry Luke. He also leaves behind several nephews and nieces. 

His motto in life was "do unto others, as you would have others do unto you." 

Family and friends are invited at William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Sunday, February 11th from 2-7 PM. Funeral services will be held Monday and is open to the public, February 12th at 11 AM; Elkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to North East Community Nurses in his name, in lieu of flowers. 

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February 11, 2024

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
William D. Elkin Funeral Home
65 South Lake Street
North East, PA 16428

Funeral Service
February 12, 2024

11:00 AM
William D. Elkin Funeral Home
65 South Lake Street
North East, PA 16428


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