Roy Lukes Passes Away at 86

Roy Lukes, who saw the beauty in nature and told the world about it, has passed away. Lukes, who was 86, died Sunday following a long illness. Born in August of 1929 in Kewaunee, he pursued education and a teaching career before taking a part-time summer job at the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. A science teacher at Gibraltar, Sevastopol and Southern Door, he exposed hundreds of students to his unique brand of environmental science. In 1976, his job at the “Ridges” became a full-time endeavor and he spent 14 years at the environmental preserve before resigning in 1990. Roy had already been offering much appreciated insights in articles submitted to newspapers and magazines since the late 1960’s, issuing thousands of stories on nature. He also wrote five books, was an active and avid photographer and the recipient of many awards, including lifetime achievement awards. A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, August 7th at 1:30pm at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, a sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law and many extended family members.

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