Feb. 6, 1924 – Nov. 25, 2012
Robert L. Luckenbaugh, a retired engineer, died Sunday in his Orchard Park home. He was 88.
A Buffalo native, he graduated from South Park High School and attended Canisius College and the University at Buffalo. He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II.
From 1957 to 1982, Mr. Luckenbaugh was employed as a design engineer by Bell Aerospace Systems in Niagara Falls, where he designed landing systems for planes to land on Naval ships.
Later, he worked at Scott Aviation in Lancaster for a short time designing gas analyzers, retiring about 1990.
A good athlete, he was a champion golf player on the UB golf team and later appeared on the “Bowling for Dollars” television game show.
Mr. Luckenbaugh was a member of AMVETS Post 45. A woodworking craftsman, he designed and built cabinets, desks and keepsakes for family and friends. He also was an avid gardener and botanist.
Mr. Luckenbaugh was president of the Sports Booster Club for West Seneca West High School. He enjoyed spending time with his family camping, fishing, swimming, barbecuing and playing cards.
His wife of 62 years, the former Joan Maloney, died in January 2010.
Surviving are a son, Robert; three daughters, Mary Seaton, Margaret Bartus and Joanne Hildebrand; and a sister, Pat Brock.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.