The special event began at the morning worship service where music was provided by their children and grandchildren. Caroline Lucke played the prelude “Sheep May Safely Graze” on the cello and was accompanied by her uncle, Mark Lucke. The anthem “Fairest Lord Jesus” was sung by Paul Lucke, his wife, Elaine, their daughter Claire, and Austin Dean, also accompanied by Mark Lucke. Ruth Lucke played “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” on the clarinet for the offertory, accompanied by brother Mark. Myrtle’s brother, Walter Hildebrant Jr. of Schulenburg, read the lessons and assisted during communion. Mark Lucke played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” as postludes.
A barbecue dinner with all the trimmings was served to family and friends in the church parish hall at noon. Guests enjoyed viewing family photos, pictures of the wedding 60 years ago and the couple’s wedding booklet, which was used during their wedding ceremony. Mark played musical selections on the piano as the meal began and read from Micah 6:8.
Hank and Myrtle Lucke were married at Witting Lutheran Church in Witting, Texas, on May 28, 1950. They moved to Beeville in 1967 to teach at Bee County College. Hank taught in the science department and Myrtle taught physical education, as well as coaching volleyball.
They have three children, Mark and wife Valerie of Richardson; Paul and wife Elaine of Baytown; and Ruth Lucke of San Antonio. They also have five grandchildren, Jonathan and wife Blythe of Miami, Fla., David of Denton, Barbara of Austin and Claire and Caroline of Baytown.