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Robert “Bob” J. Luken

co-founder of Luken Memorials, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska, died March 3, 2011, at age 77. Luken spent his formative years helping with his family’s grocery store and memorial engraving business. He was a second-generation stone craftsman and owned Luken Memorials with his father, Frank, and brothers Mike and Pat. The business is in its third generation of operation. Luken was a member of Monument Builders of North America, serving as a trustee for many years, and also a member of Northwest Monument Builders. He is survived by wife Yvonne; daughters Deb, Diane, Tina and Michelle; sons Bob and Scott; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.