John David “JD” Luko, 86, of Newton, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday July 21 at the Wallace Family Funeral and Crematorium. A funeral service will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Memorials at the IOOF cemetery or at 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 greeted 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, where he graduated in 1951. He joined the Navy and served as an aviation machinist until his release. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. He returned to Bloomfield and started working for Barker. After the death of his father, he moved to Newton and worked for the Cline Tool Company as a machinist. He shared his mother’s house and looked after her until her death. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, having good meals and having a chat.
His parents died before him; 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.