May 05,2017 | Terri Luckey
In this blog series, I want to feature everyday people who go out of their way to make a difference but rarely receive credit. But until some of you nominate people, I’ll have to pick on my family and friends who make an impact in other people’s lives. So the first post in my series is about my oldest brother, Mike Luckey.
Mike Luckey works at the Rock Island Arsenal, and for the past 24 years, he’s also been a union officer/steward who fights for the rights of employees and tries to ensure they have a safe working environment. Mike has always stood up for people’s safety. Even as a kid, he’d threaten to hurt anyone who hurt his sister. Mike is loyal to his family, friends, and ideals, and he is one of the people who inspired the loyalty many of my characters display in my books. I’m certain the employees at the Rock Island Arsenal are glad that Mike is in their corner.
So I’d like to acknowledge and thank Mike for the difference you have made in the lives of everyone who is privileged enough to know you. And since Monday is your birthday, I’d also like to say Happy Birthday!
What advice would you give to others about life?
“Study hard, learn hard, work hard, but don’t forget to play hard.” Mike Luckey
Mike’s family and friends share how he’s helped them.
“Some people understand the principle, ‘you reap what you sow’. That’s why they go above and beyond what’s expected! They are anything but average and in some terms a hero. That defines Mike Luckey! Mike and I have been friends for over thirty-five years. Not only has Mike been a great friend to me, but also my husband. For instance, Mike helped my husband (Kris Beard) with the application/resume process at The Rock Island Arsenal. Kris worked with Mike for several years after they hired him. Unfortunately, my husband passed away in 2006 and Mike wrote a beautiful eulogy and has helped keep his memory alive all these years. My children love hearing stories about their dad and Mike always has one to tell. Also, he has always been around to help guide my children through their teenage years. For example, Mike helped my son apply for an internship at the Arsenal and wrote a beautiful letter of recommendation that helped my daughter get accepted to the Shedd Aquarium Marine Biology program. I could go on and on about all the great things he does for everyone, through helping his union, organizing fundraisers, being very involved in politics, to being an overall great family man. Mike has three children that he has raised and a fabulous wife that has stood by his side for many years! There aren’t many guys out there like Mike Luckey! That is why I would like him to be recognized as a truly amazing person!” Sherry Beard
“My dad has helped me with many achievements in my life, including the purchasing of my first house and car that I love and am thankful for every day!” Kristin Luckey
“Uncle Mike has helped family and friends with our resumes, taxes, and home and electrical projects. He is also the perfect person to catch a Bears game with (unless they are losing!) Nevertheless, you can always count on him for a good laugh.” Amber Koehler
If you have someone you’d like to nominate to be one of the people featured in these posts about everyday people making a difference contact me.
Terri Luckey is the fiction author of the Kayndo series. Discover why so many readers say they will love these books for life. Check out her book page to learn more at https://www.terriluckey.com/books/