John David “J.D.” Luko, 86, of Newton died on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home. A visitation will be held from 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Bloomfield. Memorials to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery or to the Donor’s Choice may be left at the funeral home.
John David Luko was born at home near Bloomfield on August 31, 1934 to Aurvilla Ethel (Bales) Luko and John Lambert Luko. He was welcomed by a sister Bonnie Janette and later joined by Harold Rex and Helen Rose.
He grew up helping on the farm and attending Bloomfield High School, graduating in 1951. He joined the Navy and served as an aviation machinist until his discharge. He served aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard.
He returned to Bloomfield and began work for Barker. After his father’s death he moved to Newton and worked for Cline Tool Company as a machinist. He shared his mother’s home and cared for her until she passed. He enjoyed being with family and friends and having good meals and conversation.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bonnie Modrell; brothers-in-law Mike Modrell and Richard Carothers; and nephew Michael Modrell. He is survived by his siblings, Helen Carothers of Ottumwa and Rex (Myrna) Luko of West Des Moines; six nieces and nephews: John (Liz) Modrell, Michelle Kelman, Beth Bennett, David (Deb) Carothers, Jarred (Eileen) Luko and Sarah Luko; great nieces and nephews, Sierra, Josh, Samantha, Matt, Jane, Jacque, and Joe; a special friend, Peg Morton; and a host of friends and acquaintances.