James Henry “Jim” Luke, age 78, of Mayer (owner of Jim’s Auto Salvage of Hollywood Township), passed away at his home in Hollywood Township Wednesday April 24, 2019.
His funeral service will be Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Township, New Germany, with the Rev. Dean Mahlum officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
There will be visitation Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Sunday one hour prior to the funeral.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
James was born Feb. 6, 1941, in Watertown, the son of Henry and Donna (Kanies) Luke. He was baptized Feb. 10, 1941, and confirmed his faith April 3, 1955, both at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township.
Jim attended St. John Lutheran School, and graduated from Watertown High School in 1959.
He served in the Army Reserves for six years.
Jim was united in marriage to Cherilyn Kuntz Sept. 29, 1979, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. This union was blessed with sons, Nathan and Scott. The family made their home on the Luke family farm in Hollywood Township.
A faithful, lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Jim had also served as trustee.
He purchased his first junk car in 1958, which started his love for the salvage business, and he made it a lifetime career. He enjoyed selling parts and dealing with his customers. Jim also helped his dad farm, and continued to farm some until a few years ago.
Jim loved Minneapolis Moline tractors, seemed to know who had one, and could always spot them wherever he went. He enjoyed going to auctions, flea markets, and swap meets; was a collector of many things, and an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Donna Luke; father-in-law and mother-in-law Alfred and Frieda Kuntz; and brothers-in-law LeRoy Kuntz and Alfred Kuntz.
Jim is survived by his loving family: wife Cherilyn Luke of Mayer; sons Nathan and Scott Luke of Mayer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Floyd and Betty Kuntz of Waconia, Lyle and LaVonne Kuntz of Mayer, Delphine and Clifford Zellmann of Norwood Young America, Ilene and Charles Dietzel of Cologne, Marion Streachek of Glencoe, and Pat Kuntz of Waconia; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.