David N. Lucas

April 18, 1941 - Jan. 9, 2017

David N. Lucas, 75, Homewood at Martinsburg, passed away Monday morning after a courageous 18-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Norman and Anna (Bodle) Lucas. On Sept. 30, 1961, he married Nancy K. Schimke, and they just recently celebrated 55 blessed years of marriage.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy of Martinsburg; three sons: David (Susanne) of Lititz, Brian (Shawn) of Altoona and Michael (Stephanie) of New York, N.Y.; three grandchildren: David Thomas, Elizabeth “Libby” and Ella, all of Lititz; a brother, John (Yvonne) of Pittsburgh; a half-sister, Peggy Kitchen in Arizona; numerous nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law: Jackie Guyton (Rick) of Abington and Janice Shellenbarger (Mark) of Indiana, Pa.

He was preceded in death by a half-sister, Patty Sharrer.

A 1959 graduate of Altoona Area High School, where he served as Drum Major and played the trombone in band, Dave went on to a dedicated 42-year industrial sales and management career with the Gage Company (formerly Pittsburgh Gage & Supply), retiring in 2002.

He was surely a self-made business man, beginning his career with the Gage Co. in the Altoona warehouse. He was promoted to inside sales and, within the next year, was named manager of the Cumberland, Md., branch. Dave and his family spent 10 happy years there, enjoying an active family life with three young sons. In 1975, he was then promoted to manager of the Altoona operation as well as the Cumberland branch and was ultimately named corporate vice president.

But the family — his wife and three sons — was the joy of his life. Dave made it a point to be there for baseball games, track meets, concerts, parades, tennis matches and school plays. He also served as PTO president in the elementary school and president of junior high band parents. Some of the family’s best memories were shared on summer beach vacations that Dave would help orchestrate, including many trips to Ocean City, Md., as a young family and then numerous family vacations to Hilton Head, S.C.

Upon returning to Altoona from Cumberland, Dave and Nancy got involved with the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant during its first years held in Altoona. Dave contributed as a talented stage manager before progressing to president and then board chairman. Both he and Nancy made many friends during those early pageant years and those friendships endure today. Beyond his pageant work, Dave also served on a variety of boards during his business years. He was always community-minded, enjoying his work with the Jaycee organization and their many worthy projects year-round and working with the local purchasing group association to appropriate scholarships for graduating high school students.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2016, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood, the Rev. Jerry McCuller officiating. Interment will be held in Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homewood Benevolent Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 250, Williamsport, MD 21795.

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