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ByMary M. Ward

Aug 27, 2022

James M. Lucas

TOWNSHIP OF BREITUNG – James M. Lucas, 68, of Township of Breitung, died at home on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, after a courageous 19-month battle with cancer.

Jim was born August 28, 1953 in Hibbing, Minnesota to the late James D. and Joanne C. (Capanoli) Lucas. He moved to Michigan in the 1960s. He was a member of North Dickinson High School’s first class in 1972.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Valerie Dixon, on March 2, 1974, at Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan.

After high school, he began working at Lakeshore, Inc. in the assembly department, working there until it closed in 1989. He then took a position at the Verso Paper Mill in Quinnesec where he worked until his retirement in 2016.

Archery was Jim’s passion; he was a member of the National Field Archery Association as well as the UP Field Archery Association where he was once president. Over the years, he has achieved numerous indoor and outdoor archery records in Michigan. He promoted archery by volunteering his time to teach archery to youth at Lake Ellen Bible Camp and offering anyone help with his archery skills, often shooting in his garden.

In his younger years he coached SAY Soccer and had the pleasure of coaching his four sons. Previously he was a trap shooter and a member of the United Sportsmen’s Club in Merriman.

Jim enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family. He also enjoyed a good game of cribbage and played cornhole.

He attended the Evangelical Alliance Church in Norway. Her strong faith gave her a positive attitude and contentment even when her health was declining.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie; sons, Adam (Sarah) Lucas and Allen Lucas of Breitung Township, Austin (Stephanie) Lucas of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Dylan, Declan and Josephine Lucas; a sister-in-law, Gloria Koelbl; two nephews, Patrick and Clint Koelbl; a close cousin, Gary Passard; and many other extended family members and good friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Andrew D. Lucas; his stepmother, Ethel Dixon; one brother-in-law, James Koelbl; and a nephew, Derek Koelbl.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 28 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Norway. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church. Pastor Jim Danielson will officiate.

Condolences to the family of Jim Lucas can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family entrusted the arrangements to the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.