Sheboygan Falls coaching legend Arden Luker, 94, passed away peacefully at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

Arden was born on April 2, 1922 in Oshkosh, WI., the son of George and Mary (Kleveno) Luker. Arden graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1941, where he was an all-state athlete in football and basketball. He entered the U.S. Navy during WWII and served as a top-turret gunner on PV-Venturas. Following his military service he received his teaching degree from Oshkosh State College.

After a thirty-five year teaching career at Sheboygan Falls High School, he retired in 1985. During many of those years he coached varsity football (1953-1973) and basketball (1950-1985), leading the basketball team to state championships in 1974 and 1975.

The Sheboygan Falls High School basketball court is named in his honor. While Director of Athletics at the school, he also served as the Recreation Director for the City of Sheboygan Falls.

Arden coached and played football for the Sheboygan Redwings during the 1950s. He was inducted into the UW-Oshkosh Athletic Hall of Fame for football, basketball and track in 1976. He was also inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986.

Arden was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls. He was a charter member and the first president of the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club, a member of the Sheboygan Falls American Legion, President of the Soo Lake Association near Phillips, WI., and a participant in numerous golf and softball leagues. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, travel and singing. He loved spending summers at Soo Lake and winters in Las Vegas, NV. Arden was thrilled to travel to Washington D.C. in 2013 as a participant in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.

Arden married the love of his life, Sharon Brinkman on July 27, 1973 in Sheboygan Falls. Sharon survives him, as do his two daughters, Deborah (Michael Scorney) Luker of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Muriel Pennings of Sheboygan Falls.

Arden is further survived by three grandchildren, Lucas Schafer, Bethany Schafer, and Robert Dotz, two step grandchildren, Sarah (Matthew) Shechter and David (Lali) Scorney; one great grandson, Samuel Shechter; one brother, Dennis (Margie) Luker of Winneconne, Wi., and one sister-in-law, Barbara Mueller of Sheboygan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, June (Earl) Wolfe and Beverly (Fritz) Greenkorn, and one brother in-law, Jacob Mueller.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls at 2:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 with the Rev. Tom Gudmundson officiating. Military honors will follow.

Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

A memorial fund is being established for the creation of an Arden Luker Scholarship Fund.

The family would like to send their appreciation to Prairie Crossing for their love and compassion for Arden during his time with them.

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