Walter Wallace Luikart went home to be with the Lord on September 3, 2020 at the age of 94. He was from New Castle, PA and a winter Texan for five years.
Walter came to Brownsville to live with his daughter, Tracey in August 2019. He immediately became involved in life in Texas. He enjoyed the parks, movies, BARSEA meetings, and singing and playing the bass guitar on the worship team at Faith Church Brownsville. Walt had several other hobbies such as model ship building, jigsaw puzzles, reading, and playing the stock market!
His favorite pastime was to visit Space X at Boca Chica beach.
Walter is survived by his two sons: Mark Luikart of New Castle PA, Scott Luikart of New Wilmington, Pa, and daughter, Tracey Luikart of Brownsville, TX.
In his younger days, Walt enjoyed playing golf and sailing with his family. His greatest love was music! He directed several choirs throughout his life, and sang with a beautiful tenor voice. He played trumpet, French horn, bass guitar…and learned to play the stand-up bass at age 73! He was a member of several orchestras, bands, choirs, and quartets.
Walter was a Merchant Marine in World War II. He crossed the North Atlantic 11 times. He made 25 shuttles across the English Channel, and helped to move troops and vehicles to the beachheads during the 1944 invasion of Normandy. He helped to deliver millions of tons of supplies and equipment that contributed to the end of the war.
Walter will be flown to New Castle, PA, to be buried next to his beloved wife of 69 years, (LaVerne). A service will be held in New Castle as well as a memorial service in Brownsville. Dates still pending.
Arrangements are being made by Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville, TX, and Cunningham Funeral Home in New Castle, PA.
A memorial service with be held on Thursday, September 24 at 11:00 AM at Faith Church Brownsville, 1154 Los Ebanos Blvd in Brownsville, TX.
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