John O. Lucks Posted: 2019-02-25 12:07:06


John O. Lucks, 65, of Union, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord on February 19, 2019, after a life well lived.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 2:00 to 7:00
With a Memorial Service held at 10:30 on March 4, 2019 at
DeFiore Funeral Home 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Food for Greater Elgin, an organization he helped develop, or Boys and Girls Club of America (Elgin Chapter).

John was born May 30, 1953 the son of John A. and Patricia L. Lucks in Homestead, Pa. He was a patriot who served his country in the Army. He held an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. On August 26, 1994 he married Sonia Carpenter. John was the Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Heritage-Crystal Clean in Elgin. He was a leader in the environmental waste management industry. Golf and chocolate were his passions. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Sonia, his five children, Valeri (Drew), Robyn, Jeff (Sandy), Adam (Meghan) and Michael (Paige), his five grandchildren, Dorothy, Emma, Jazmine, Jimmy, and Quinn, and his three brothers, David, Paul (Nan), Todd, and his sister, Susan (Bruce), four nieces, Nichole, Amanda, Sara, and Kristen, and a nephew, Kyle.

For further information, please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on-line condolences may be directed to

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Nichole Hageman 2019-02-25 12:58:06

Thinking of my Lucks family during this time. RIP Uncle Johnny, you will be missed.

Alex Taraborelli 2019-02-26 11:18:13

John was an Awesome Human Being. He always was kind to me and always made me feel as if I were part of the HCC Family. He will be missed but always remembered fondly. God Speed

Penny Day 2019-02-26 12:21:10

John was a great man who always made you feel like you were just as important as the next person. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He will be sadly missed by so many. My prayers go out to the Luck's family. RIP John

Doris Hageman 2019-02-26 12:36:03

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bruce. Your brother left us far too soon. Love to the family. Aunt Doris

Food For Greater Elgin 2019-02-27 17:51:40

We are deeply saddened by the loss of John. He was a visionary and dedicated leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who’s life John touched.

Mike McGin 2019-03-01 17:51:33

John was a great leader, boss, and friend. Over the years he inspired me to accomplish goals that I never thought possible. He really did care about every employee that worked for him, and expressed it with his time and generosity. My life is so much better because John was a part of it. He will definitely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Sonya and her family.

Domenic Argento 2019-03-02 08:32:58

Dear Sonia, We have not met. Your son Adam and Meghan have been in Montreal and my wife Susan and i had the pleasure of seeing them here. I have occasionally played golf with John in Texas at the Falcone Ranch for the Father and Son tournament. John is a very special man.He was caring, funny, and so easy going that he occasionally made a winner of me. He gave us some help and advice for my sister-in-law who had lung cancer and has since passed away. John was too young to leave us at such a young age but we do not know all of God's plans and we know that John is now home, away from diseases and suffering. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that we are praying for John and the family that he loved. Domenic and Susan Argento

Henry and Linda Ramirez (San Antonio; TX) 2019-03-03 21:53:56

Our sincere condolences to the Lucks family. May he Rest In Peace.

Renee Bouchez - Henricksen 2019-03-04 12:46:24

Dear Sonia and Family, My condolences to you and the family. John was such an enjoyable person to be associated with. Always a smile on his face. He will be missed and I will miss seeing him when I visit Heritage Crystal Clean. I enjoyed working with John as a Vendor of his . Prayers are with you all.