, 32nd degree, M.S.A.
In the 32nd degree, just before the allegory, a very inspiring, emotional speech is made.
entered the United States Air Force
and remained there for 20 years, as a pilot and instructor pilot.He
flew and taught piloting of the KC-135
(That's the Air Force's version of the Boeing 707, made into a mid-air refueling tanker.) Dick
flew 97 combat missions in the Vietnam war, refueling planes in the air and getting chased several times by North Vietnamese fighters and "S.A.M.'s".His
last assignment as chief instructor pilot on the KC-135
was at Lockbourne A.F.B.He
retired in 1973 as a Major and settled in Columbus.Still being a young man, he entered a new business, that of a direct mail company, where he became general manager and later, president.He retired from this career in 1983 and then began a third career working for the U.S. Post Office Dept., first as a mail carrier and then as a customer service representative.He
retired again in 1994.
Since that time, Bro.Luckay
has busied himself as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Air Force Association
, Rickenbacker chapter.He
also donates many hours to the Central Ohio Reading Service (a radio service to the blind).Here, Dick
does shows on poetry and prose.He
also hosts a show called, "Duty, Honor, Country", where he
interviews retired military people on the air.On top of all this comes his
Masonic activities and they are many!
Bro. Luckay entered most of his
Masonic bodies while in the Air Force.His
Blue Lodge raising was in 1961 at Plattsburgh, N.Y. In 1966 he
Scottish Rite work in Albany, GA.He became a member of the Valley of Columbus in 1976, much to our benefit.
In 1978 he
was made a member of the Shrine's Legion
of Honor unit (for Shriners with a military background).
Bro. Dick got active in our Scottish Rite degree work in 1976 with walk-on parts in the 15th and 16th degrees.He
presently portrays King Solomon in the 13th degree, Daniel in the 15th degree
augchron1.gif (35475 bytes)and of course, the Flag Lecture in the 32nd degree.In addition to this, he has been a member of our Scottish Rite Players Club since 1983.
In 1996 the Scottish Rite
vast accomplishments by awarding him the Meritorious Service Award, one of our highest honors.
Bro. Luckay is an acclaimed Masonic playwright.If your lodge has had the Scottish Rite Players Club
perform, you've probably seen at least one of the plays Bro.Luckay
actually wrote, "The Lodge at Maple Grove", "East of the Altar", and his
most recent work is a Masonic comedic-drama entitled, "Crisis at Crossroads".You brothers may have seen, "Greater Love Hath No Man", which is performed only in a tiled lodge. Bro.Dick
has re-written this play, so that it may be put on in a public setting; he
calls it, "Letters of Fire".
If you get the chance, you've got to talk with this brother.He
has had a full, rich, productive life.He
has countless stories of exciting experiences to relate.And as I learned while visiting his
is the prototype of, "an officer and a gentleman".