Ronald Lee Luckow

Cedar Rapids

Ronald Lee Luckow died at home in Sun City, Ariz., on Feb. 15, 2021. Per his wishes, he has been cremated. No services will be held at this time. Cedar Memorial is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ron, “Ronny” as a child, loved family, food and football. To avoid questions concerning orders of preference, Ron also enjoyed Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings involving all three. Ron also loved basketball and cars, the latter his one material self-indulgence: he traded cars every other year. Ron would happily tell you about his 1961 Oldsmobile 88, the 1965 Chevrolet Impala or the cherry red 1967 Chevrolet, he bought new, and teaching his toddler to say, “pretty red Chevy.” Shopping for cars with Ron was one part eighteen holes of golf and one-part covert tactical warfare. Ron was very proud of his children, but his grandchildren were the focus of his adoration, his time, attention and generosity. Ron relished simple pleasures like watching partridges graze, reading the Arizona Republic on the patio on a cool morning in the sun and shooting the breeze with passing neighbors or visiting family. He loved peach cobbler and his daughter’s beef stroganoff. There were exactly two seasons: Football and Basketball and he was an Iowa Hawkeyes fan through thick and thin. Ron played guard on his high school football team and when he hit someone, “they knew they’d been hit.”

A true Midwesterner, he had long been used to hard work and was among other things, a milk truck driver and television repairman (including once for Doris Day in Hollywood). He held three jobs at once to support his young family at one time. In the early days of mainframe computing, he became an operator and keypunch typist, advancing into management information systems. Ron remained in that field until he retired from the Hon Co. in Muscatine, Iowa. Ron then lived in Marion, Iowa, before settling in Sun City, where he lived until his death. Ronald Lee Luckow was born on March 14, 1943, in rural Sac County, Iowa, to Lawrence and Wilma (Poen) Luckow, the third of nine children. He walked to a one-room schoolhouse until late grade school and graduated from Sac Community High School in 1961. After attending trade school in Omaha, he married Glenda Carnine. The couple lived in the Sac City area until moving to Los Angeles in 1965 and returned to the Des Moines area, living in Waukee, Iowa, until 1976. Ron and his family later lived in Lincoln and then Norfolk, Neb.. In 1980, Ron moved to Muscatine, where he married Connie Martin in 1985.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynette (Steven) Stickney of Marion; son, Lance (Jin) Luckow of Cedar Grove, N.J.; grandchildren, Lee Stickney, Samantha and Tyler Martin; sister, Marilyn Cates of Storm Lake; brothers, Lyle (Nancy) Luckow of Grimes and Lennis (Penny) Luckow of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Robert, Randall and Steven; and sisters, Jean and Deanne.

To honor Ron, donations can be made to his favorite charities: SmileTrain, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Phoenix. Online condolences may be directed to the family at under obituaries.

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