Rodney Roger Lukins, 67, Pick City, died Monday, October 8, 2018 at Trinity Hospital, Minot. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Riverdale, with Pastor John Nilsen officiating. Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Rodney was born March 31, 1951 in Hazen, North Dakota to Arthur and Frieda (Wittmayer) Lukins. He attended school in Pick City and Riverdale and graduated high school in 1969. After graduation, he joined the United States Coast Guard on October 30, 1970 and served until he was honorably discharged on October 29, 1974. After serving in the military, he worked various jobs in commercial trucking and then joined the Iron Workers Union 512 and worked as an iron worker for many, many years until retirement. After retiring, he then returned to driving commercial truck for various companies.
Rod was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He loved buying “fixer-uppers” and restoring them to their former glory. Rod had a close group of motorcycle buddies with whom he enjoyed riding. It is hard to picture Rod without picturing a motorcycle. He also liked to tinker on old cars, especially Cadillacs. When not working in the garage, you could find him in the outdoors. He grew up with a love and appreciation of hunting, fishing, and boating. He very much enjoyed the lake and water skiing. Rod always had a thirst for knowledge and was continually reading. He enjoyed learning about science and nature and loved working in his yard and was extremely proud of all of his trees.
Rodney is survived by his sister, Patricia Drown of Pick City; three nieces, Wendy (Monte) Miller of Washburn, Stacy (John) Abbott of Dawson, Amber (Aaron) Selken of Aurora, Colorado; two grandnieces and two grandnephews, Cassandra (Roque) Corral of Mandan, McKenzie Miller of Washburn, Payton Allen of Steele, and Jacob Miller of Bismarck; two great-grandnephews and two great-grandnieces, Gabriel, Blake, and Neveah Corral all of Mandan, and Everly Gierke of Bismarck.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law, Richard Drown, and several aunts and uncles.
Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.