John Vincent Lucas, Jr.

June 8, 1945 - December 21, 2020


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Devoted husband to Patricia (Long) for 52 years. Father to John III (Julie), Mary Beth LoVerdi (Tony), Megan Leadbetter (Scott), and Michael (Jennifer). Loving grandfather to Tony, Jack, Charlie, Will, Lucas, Ryann, Tate, Olivia, Spencer, Shea, Addison, Johnny, Claire, and Matt. Loving son to (deceased) Jack and Mary Lucas. Brother to Lynn Martin (Rob), Jerome Lucas (Ginger), and Lawrence Lucas (Libby). John was the oldest of 55 Lucas and Dowdle cousins.


John committed his life to family, community and service. A proud alum of Loyola Academy ‘63, Marquette University ‘67 and Loyola University ‘04. He was in constant pursuit of insight and knowledge. John’s commitment to community began when he served in the Marine Corps and the Army. It continued into married life where he and Pat were dedicated members of St. Philip the Apostle parish in Northfield. It was there they met life long friends. With his entrepreneurial spirit, John founded the Lucas Company in 1975 along with his dad and brother.


His business leadership continued at Holmes Engraving. In 2000, he moved to a life of service. In 2004, he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church where he served in many capacities. He was a counselor to countless people at the Samaritan Institute and various parishes. John was proud to preside over weddings, baptisms and funerals of many friends and relatives. His life of service continued as executive director for Amate House and Mary and Joseph Retreat House.


John will be fondly remembered as a “man for others” who served those with compassion, care and concern. He was a giant of a man and a shining example of Christian virtue. His spirit and passion will live forever. 

Funeral Mass: A funeral Mass will be held privately Monday, December 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Saint Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062. A link to watch the live streaming of the Mass will be posted here soon. 

Visitation: A drive-by condolence visitation will be held immediately after the funeral Mass from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of the church. Friends may pass by the family while remaining in their vehicles. Further driving directions and instructions will be posted soon. 

Interment is private at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Northbrook, IL. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: 

The Joseph and Mary Retreat House
1300 Stritch Drive 
Mundelein, IL 60060

Or to Northwestern Memorial Lung Cancer Center


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