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Ronald James Lusteck

Posted 2010-07-10 by susan
Ronald James Lusteck, beloved husband of Jo DeChatelet, died peacefully at home with his family on July 7, 2010, after a three-year battle with malignant melanoma.

He is survived by his brother, Joseph Lusteck; son, Ryan (Katrina) Lusteck; his stepchildren, Scott (Kim) Brandhuber, Thomas (Tamara) Brandhuber, Kristin (Daniel) Liebelt, and Amy Brandhuber; his grandchildren, Justin and Toby Lusteck, Tory, Paige, Jasmine and Bailey Brandhuber, Brooke (Jason) Rash, Jennifer (Ricky) Grayson, and Joel (Mary Elizabeth) Merrill; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Anton and Mary Frances Lusteck, and his sister-in-law, Happy Lusteck.

Ron was born April 5, 1944 in Buffalo, New York and moved to Tucson in 1947. He was a Salpointe Catholic High School graduate. Ron was proud of his 25 years of service to our country as a member of the Arizona Air National Guard. He served as a medic, and also ran the Clinic in his civilian job. He retired from the service as a Chief Master Sergeant.

After his military career, Ron spent 20 years as a realtor with Century 21 Heritage Realty. He began his love of music in 1955 as a percussionist and played numerous events through high school and his early twenties. A rekindled interest in playing the drums inspired him to found the Salpointe Catholic High School Alumni Band. He served as its coordinator for seven years.

Ron was a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 1200, and a past Faithful Navigator of the Columbus Assembly 0016, in addition to serving in various other community organizations.

Visitation will be held Sunday, July 11, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 2545 N. Tucson Blvd. with the Rosary and Chalice Service at 6:00 p.m. The Funeral will be held Monday, July 12, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View. Burial will immediately follow at Holy Hope Cemetery with Military Honors. A reception in celebration of Ron's life will follow the burial.

Ron asked that In lieu of flowers, you have a Mass said for him. If you prefer to make a donation, the family asks that you consider the Salpointe Catholic High School Alumni Band or the Carondelet Foundation designated for either the Cardondelet Hospice or the Carondelet Neurological Institute.

The family wishes to thank all those who supported Ron through this difficult time. We will miss his great love for us and his wonderful, dry sense of humor.

Arrangements entrusted to ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 520-327-6341.


Published in the Tucson Newspapers on July 10, 2010

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