James Luff - November 30, 2010Former Marquette resident James Luff, 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 3 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg. Rev. Brian Krause will officiate. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
James LeRoy Luff, son of Hans Fred and Mary (Nelson) Luff, was born in Marquette on Jan. 29, 1929.
He grew up on the family farm near Marquette, helping with chores and general farming. Jim attended school in Marquette, graduating from Marquette High School.
He married Bette Hartford on Aug. 10, 1949 at Santa Ana, Calif. They had four children. Jim farmed the land and raised cattle where he grew up, never moving from his childhood home. In 2005, they moved to Aurora. His wife died on July 7, 2008. Jim moved to Kearney in 2009.
Jim was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the church council and other church committees for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a brother, Eugene.
Survivors include four children, Thomas (Debra) Luff of Minden, Coral Lea (Jeff) Jacobsen of Marquette, Bunny (Greg) Chaney of Mantorville, Minn. and Michael (Michelle) Luff of Kearney; 13 grandchildren, Brian, Bradley, Brent and Brenda Luff, Solomon, Jordan, Nicholas Jacobsen and Anna (Jacobsen) Frahm, Kevin Gleason, Jennifer (Gleason) Karsten and Andrew and Emily Penner; and 15 great-grandchildren.