Victor A. Luark, 1923 – 2009
Victor A. Luark of La Cygne, Kan., died on March 16. He was 85.
He was born on May 18, 1923, in Portland, Ore., to Alvin Victor (Vic) Luark and Cecilia Crook Luark. He was known as Vic Jr. to his friends and family in Routt and Eagle Counties, where he spent much of his time during his younger years.
Vic Jr., an accomplished professional musician, played the piano and organ and was well known in the early years by playing at Steamboat Springs, Toponas and Burns rodeos, and was also a local favorite at the Harbor Hotel in Steamboat.
Vic played at dances, weddings, family reunions and various other night spots throughout Routt County and Denver. Wherever Vic sat down to play, everyone had a great time that is now locked in our memories.
Vic Jr. served the Army during World War II and returned to playing in the Denver area until the early 1950s. He then moved to Kansas City and played at many affluent clubs and entertainment venues, until his retirement.
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He was preceded in death by his parents, father Vic Luark, Sr., and mother Cecilia Luark, of McCoy, Colo.; sisters Wilma Macfarlane, of Yampa, Colo., and Delores Milius, of Bremerton, Wash.; and his niece, Sandra (Macfarlane) Fischer, of Grand Junction.
He is survived by his special friend of 52 years, Marvin Simons, of La Cygne; nephews Carl Macfarlane of Yampa, Marcus Macfarlane of Payson, Ariz., and Corky Milius of Bremerton; nieces Marsha Macfarlane of Missoula, Mont., and Linda Milius of Bremerton; and a host of grandnieces and grandnephews.
Vic Jr.’s request for cremation has been honored. A private interment will take place at Oak Lawn Cemetery near La Cygne. The family suggests contributions to the charity of one’s choice.