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James Samuel Luckino

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James Samuel Luckino passed away at his home on Thursday morning, November 11, 2021. Jim was 77 years old at the time, and just 2 weeks shy of his 78th birthday. Born on November 25, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, Jim entered this world on Thanksgiving Day and left us on Veteran's day. Son of Samuel Luckino and Frances Strange, Jim is survived by his wife Christy, three sons; Domenic, James and Samuel (Matt), daughter-in-law Andrea, grandchildren; Asher and Leo, as well as sisters; Joanne and Mary. Jim courageously fought a year and a half long battle with cancer, but passed peacefully surrounded by his family. After graduating from Bishop Waterson High School in 1961, Jim enrolled in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. As the war in Vietnam escalated and his interest in engineering waned, Jim courageously enlisted in the military, amidst the heavy anti-war sentiment, and was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 71st Mobile Construction Battalion of the Seabees' in the US Navy. After training camp in Rhode Island, Jim's company was deployed in 1966 to Camp Shields in Chu Lai, Vietnam. While in Chu Lai, Jim helped design and build camps, helicopter and airplane landings and runways, drilled wells, installed underwater pipelines and helped the people of Vietnam build orphanages and rebuild their homes and hamlets. Jim's contributions to the war effort and humanitarian effort for the local Vietnamese are too numerous to mention here. After safely returning to Columbus, Ohio and serving out his time with the Navy, Jim was honorably discharged in September of 1970. Jim traveled the country by motorcycle joined by close friends and re-acclimated himself to civilian life in his own time. In 1972, he re-enrolled at OSU, and changed his major to Architecture, graduating with his bachelors degree in 1976. Over the next 44 years, Jim dedicated his life to his profession and to his most beloved purpose in life: being a father to his 3 boys. He was an avid golfer, hunter, craftsman and an exceptional cook, who had a deep pride for his Italian heritage. Jim had many wonderful friends who shaped his world and for whom he cared deeply. He exemplified the "Can do, make do" spirit of the Seabees in everything that he did in life. He will forever be missed.