IN MEMORIAM: Laborers Local 100 former President, Secretary-Treasurer Frank Lucco

Frank Lucco, 78, former president and secretary-treasurer of Laborers Local 100 passed away on Aug. 11, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Ill.

Brother Lucco was born Feb. 17, 1943 to Frank C. and Frances (nee Leidner) Lucco in Pocahontas, Ill. He married Deborah (nee Beard) Lucco on March 15, 1962 in Pocahontas.

A 59-year member of the union, Brother Lucco joined Laborer’s Local 100 on April 4, 1962. He worked as a general foreman for Keeley and Sons Construction for more than 30 years before retiring. A year later, he came back as the company’s director of safety, a position he held for several more years.

He served as a Bond County Board member and township supervisor for 30-plus years, and was chairman of the Bond County Democratic Party. He also served mayor of Pocahontas, during which time he started PARK, applying for and receiving grants to build the city park.

As a young man, Brother Lucco played baseball in the East St. Louis Baseball League for several years. He then turned to softball and started the Lenjo’s Green Machines, serving as player/manager for many years. He loved Little League Baseball and would get the players anything they needed to play.

Brother Lucco loved to grill barbeque and play golf, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, just like his late wife.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank C. and Frances Lucco; wife, Deborah Lucco; twin brother, Johnny Lucco, who died at birth; stepsisters, Theresa Nance, Mary Chappel, and Loretta Beyes; his children, Becky (Randy) Haberer, of Pocahontas; Larry (Cheri) Lucco, of Lake Ozark, Mo.; Michael Lucco, of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Tammy (Ryan) Curry, Todd Haberer, Rachel (Dan) Cannoy, Hannah (Evan) Kelley, Laura Lucco, Connor Lucco and Will Greenwald; and great-grandchildren, Ava and Drake Curry, Emma and Addie Cannoy, Luke and Hazel Kelley, Michael and Chloe Lucco.

A funeral service was held Aug. 16, 2021 at Meridith Funeral Home in Pocahontas, with interment at Robinson Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pocahontas Little League.

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