Monday, January 14, 2013

M/Sgt Charles D Luckhurst USAF (Ret) Controller Has Passed

Charles D. Luckhurst, 74, of Oneonta, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in South Kortright on December 3, 1938 the son of Edward and Evelyn (Curtis) Luckhurst. He married Yvonne Ouimet on November 13, 1965.

Charlie retired from the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant following 29 years of service. During his military career, he served in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Charlie was a paratrooper and instructor. He was credited with over 100 jumps, and was a member of the renowned Air Commando Group.

Charlie was a skilled carpenter, and worked for several local contractors, including Neil Nielsen General Contracting. He then went to work for M.I. Bassett Hospital in the carpenter shop outreach, from which he retired.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 259, VFW Post 1206, BPOE 1312, the 6th Ward Athletic Club, and the Carpenter's Local Union #19.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne O. Luckhurst of Oneonta; his children Paul E. Luckhurst of Omaha, NE., and Kim Luckhurst Terpenning of Oneonta; a brother, Eugene Luckhurst of Paradise , CA.

He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Emilie (Ted) Gaisford of Oneonta and Helen Chase of Brewerton; his brothers-in-law, Norbert (Thelma) Ouimet of New Burne, NC and Joseph Campbell, of Mt. Vernon, TX, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

American Legion Post 259 will conduct a memorial service on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:00PM in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A contingent representing the US Air Force will accord military honors.

Contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

To all: Sad news guys. Received word from "Luckie's" daughter this morning that he had died of a massive heart attack Saturday 12 Jan. He was a member of the ACA. No funeral services or other arrangements as yet. Frank

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