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Phillip Lubke, 90, Norfolk, formerly of Foster

Posted: 16 October, 2017

Funeral service for Phillip Lubke, 90, Norfolk, formerly of Foster, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Foster. Burial will be in Prospect View Cemetery, Pierce. Visitation will be from 4-7:00  p.m. at Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce on Tuesday. He died on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce is in charge of the arrangements.
Born Sept. 14, 1927, in Pierce County, he was the son of Frank and Augusta (Fehncke) Lubke. He was baptized on Nov. 6, 1927, at Christ Lutheran Church and confirmed June 14, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Foster. He attended rural School District 47 to the eighth grade and one year at Norfolk Junior High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 24, 1951, serving in the Korean War and was stationed in Germany until his discharge on Dec. 26, 1951.

He married LaVonne Weber on April 26, 1953, at Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview. LaVonne and Phillip lived and farmed near Foster for 33 years. Phillip worked at Hoffman Construction for 13 years as a heavy equipment operator and drove truck for Pierce Co-op and various other fertilizer companies. He sold Capper’s Weekly. LaVonne and Phillip moved to Hadar in 1986 and to The Homestead in Norfolk in 2016.

Phillip was the oldest member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Foster. Phillip enjoyed playing cards, listening to polka music and playing bingo.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Foster, where he held various church boards, Farm Bureau and the American Legion Pierce.

Survivors include a son, William (Brenda) Lubke of Greensville, Texas; a daughter, Janet Koehler of Norfolk; a son, Roger (Millie) Lubke of Norfolk; a son, David (Jean) Lubke of Foster; a daughter, Pam (Randy) Miller of Norfolk; a daughter, Lisa (Mike) Kilcoin of Hadar; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Augusta; two brothers, Henery and Arthur; two sisters. Elsie Ackerman and Edna Bygland; and his spouse, LaVonne.

Organist for the funeral will be Kristi Leckband playing congregational hymns “How Great Thou Art,” “Come Ye Thankful People, Come” and “Amazing Grace.”

Casket bearers will be Brandon Lubke, Joshua Lubke, Darin Lubke, Chad Miller, Jeremiah Lubke, Frank Bygland and Rylee Tatum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 W. Schneider St., Foster, NE 68765.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Stonacek Funeral Chapel
403 W. Main St., Pierce, NE   68767
Phone: 402-329-4270

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