DELRAY BEACH — Robert G. Lukens, a longtime Delray Beach resident, died Oct. 12 in Birmingham, Alabama, with family by his side. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Lukens was born on June 10, 1936, to Robert John and Ruth Adele Lukens. He and his younger brother, John, were raised in Lafayette Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Mr. Lukens graduated from Springfield High School in 1954, serving as president of his graduating class. He was an all-conference selection in both basketball and baseball. He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a basketball scholarship, later transferring to Muhlenberg College to continue his studies and play basketball.
After graduating from Muhlenberg College in 1959, Mr. Lukens joined the Navy and spent two years as lieutenant on the USS Saratoga and three years teaching in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Naval Academy.
Mr. Lukens worked in the insurance business and was licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.
In addition to enjoying his home in Delray Beach, Mr. Lukens spent time with extended family and friends at homes in Vero Beach and Lake Martin, Alabama.
With the Navy instilling a love of the sea, he created special memories with his family while boating. Everyone loved going on a boat ride with Bubba. He was also very fond of his wonderful pets throughout the years. All who knew him would agree that his smile would light up the room.
In addition to his beloved wife of 34 years, Judith Ann Lukens, Mr. Lukens is survived by his daughter, Kristen Hay, his son, Robert Lukens, three stepdaughters, Jennifer Moore, Leslie Kury, and Carrie Lay, and 12 grandchildren, as well as his brother, John. He is also survived by his former wife, Elizabeth Smith, and countless other friends. Should you wish to honor him with a memorial donation, the family suggests contributions be made to the Bethesda Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice. A celebration of life will occur at a later time.
— Obituary submitted by the family