Representative J. Henry Lucken View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 6/30/1984
Birth Place: Akron, IA
Birth County: Plymouth
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 59 (1961) - 63 (1969)
House: 52 (1947) - 58 (1959)
Home County: Plymouth
J. Henry Lucken
Plymouth County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable J. Henry Lucken, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

J. Henry Lucken was born in Akron, Iowa, to Gerhard and Caroline Beerman Lucken on February 6, 1896. Mr. Lucken passed away June 30, 1984, in Le Mars, Iowa, after a long illness and is survived by his wife, Cecelia; a daughter, Lucile Fox; and four sons, Donald W., Robert E., Frank E., and Ronald G. Lucken.

Mr. Lucken graduated from Akron High School and took a business course at Westmar College. He married Cecelia Woll on December 17, 1917 at Merrill. They farmed on the same farm in Johnson Township, Plymouth County, until retiring in 1971. He served with Company A, 19th Mounted Military Police during World War I.

Mr. Lucken served for 25 years as a Johnson Township School Board member and 24 years as chairman; 26 years as director of Plymouth Co-op Oil Company and 24 years as director of the Area Federal Land Bank Board. He was instrumental in establishing the Rural Electrification Association.

Mr. Lucken was a member of Plymouth Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He was a longtime member and past master of Freedom Masonic Lodge in Akron, Sioux City Consistory, Abu Bekr Shrine Temple, where he was awarded KCCH honors in 1965, life member and past commander of Hoschler Post 186, American Legion, and officer of World War I Barracks 1507.

J. Henry Lucken served as a member of the House of Representatives in the 52nd and 53rd General Assemblies (1947-1950); 54th and 55th General Assemblies (1951-1954); 56th and 57th General Assemblies (1955-1958); and 58th General Assembly (1959-1960). He was then elected State Senator for the 17th Senatorial District representing Cherokee and Plymouth Counties and served in the 59th General Assembly (1961-1962); 60th and 61st General Assemblies (1963-1966); and 62nd and 63rd General Assemblies (1967-1970).

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Seventy-first General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable J. Henry Lucken, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to his community, state and nation and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.