Virgil  Luecke

Virgil Richard "Richie " Luecke

Saturday, March 20th, 1943 - Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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Virgil Richard Luecke, age 76, of Spotswood, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Manhattan, Richie lived in Bronx, New York, and then moved to Sayreville. Richie later moved to Spotswood, where he raised his family and he lived most of his life. After attending Sayreville High School, he went to work for Bristol-Myers Squibb, in New Brunswick, serving in many capacities, most recently as a lab technician. Mr. Luecke was a member of the BMS Retirement Club as well as the Quarter Century Club. When he wasn't working, Rich would spend time fishing, watching drag racing at Raceway Park, building model airplanes, hunting, and taking photographs. However, his greatest love was found with all things having to do with lighthouses. He traveled to Nova Scotia and all over the US finding new lighthouses to see. Richie was a special man who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Richie is predeceased by his parents Virgil and Florence Luecke, his son Gerald, and his brother David. Surviving is his beloved wife Sheila (Sullivan) Luecke of Spotswood; his children Sheila and husband Rick Daley of S. Brunswick, his son Dan Luecke of Old Bridge, and his sons Rich and Doug of Spotswood; his grandchildren Alicia Luecke-Daley of S. Brunswick, Richard Daley of S. Brunswick, and Megan Daley of Linden; one great-granddaughter; his 2 sisters Amy and her husband Joseph Cuneo of Belvidere, and Dr. Cynthia Pope of Stewartsville; his sisters-in-law Denise Mastorio of Spotswood and Frances Kosanovich of Parlin; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 10am on Monday at the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin with burial to follow at Christ Church Cemetery in South Amboy.

Calling hours at the funeral home will take place on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Richie’s name to either the American Kidney Fund at or the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation at

Letters of condolence to the family, directions and completed arrangements may be found by visiting
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home
    15 Cherry Lane
    PARLIN, NJ 08859
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  • Service

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 10:00am
    Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home
    15 Cherry Lane
    PARLIN, NJ 08859
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Christ Church Cemetery
    So Pine Aveue
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Private Condolence

Cindy Luecke Pope

Posted at 07:14am
Whenever I see a lighthouse, I think of my brother Richie,and how much he loves them, and how much I love him.

Not to worry, that light, his light will shine the way for us to meet with him again, so we will never walk alone.

I miss you already, and I will love you forever! We all do.

Your Sister,


frances and george kosanovich and family

Posted at 07:27am
richie we loved you so much i cannot put it in words you were the best brother in law i had and was always there to help us when we needed it. you will be truly missed by us forever.

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