Luehrs, Jack S.

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October 12, 1947 - April 13, 2018

Luehrs, Jack S.

Jack Steven Luehrs was born on October 12, 1947, in Denver, Colorado, into a young military family, which meant continual moving: from Colorado to Minnesota, to Alaska, and to San Antonio TX where he finally thawed out at the age of eight. In his teenage years he was thrilled to move to Germany, where his dad was assigned. For almost four years Jack reveled in the German culture, food and education system. Later he enrolled in Columbia College, and again, enjoyed the exhilarating culture and enhanced educational opportunities of New York. However, Jack got caught in the middle of the collegiate protests of the Vietnam War that spread nationally. The draft was reinstated, which found Jack going to boot camp and then assigned to Korea. His mother, Jean, had insisted that Jack take typing in high school, so those talents came in handy for his deployment as secretary to one of the generals at a base in South Korea. When his assignment was up, he returned to New York to complete his education and receive BS in Political Science. He found a federal job in Washington, D.C., working for Health and Human Services. A fortunate assignment introduced him to Jim Adams, who was in charge of the new Medicare program in the Dallas Regional Office. Jim offered him a job in Dallas; Jack jumped at the chance and moved in 1972. Office colleagues reached out to welcome him, and a lifetime of friendships began. One such friend, Carolyn Grant, showed him around the city, suggesting the best places to live. Another friend, John Eury, enjoyed his sense of humor, though as his boss, had to endure Jack’s inability to get to work on time. Fortunately, he could take annual leave in increments of fifteen minutes, which made his record show that he had the most times of leave for the least amount of time. The years rolled on, Jack and Jole got married in 1986, and in 1996 Jack was able to take an early retirement. The timing was fortunate, since Jack’s dad and Jole’s parents were failing. By 2000 Jack and Jole were able to think about their project of extensive travel. Jole retired in 2002; both audited art history classes at SMU and by 2006 they sold house and all belongings. From January 2007 until July 2011, Jack and Jole traveled throughout Europe and North Africa, spending about three months in each country. During all of these travels, Jack was able to engage in his avocation, photography, and, as a result, accumulated hundreds of fabulous photographs. When the couple finally came back to Dallas, Jack was resigned to living an ordinary life, but he dreamed of returning to his favorite spots: Spain, Italy, Greece, France, etc., which he considered beautiful yet simpler than the hectic pace of Dallas, a typical American city. He did participate in the photography classes that Carolyn Brown organized and guided through its projects, and he assisted Don Essmiller in gallery showings of favorite and interesting photos of Jack and his colleagues. Jack’s health declined in the past couple of years, and gave way in January of this year. He died on Friday, the 13th, of April, 2018. Please remember him through a donation to Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum or to one of your own favorites.

 

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Freddie Kemp

April 30, 2018 6:09PM

Jack was always fun to work with. We began working together when HCFA reorganized into a functional alignment from a programic alignment and Jack ended up in the Financial Operations Division. Jack was not a financial person at that point, but he excelled in that environment as he always seemed able to do. I most admired his writing skills: he could write out a multi-page letter in ink without a single scratch out. I was never able to duplicate that.

We are very saddened by jack's passing
and will keep Jolie and family in our prayers.

Freddie & Sharon Kemp


Larry Lawson

April 21, 2018 7:11PM

Jole.....So sorry to hear about about Jack. You are in our thoughts.....Taffy/Larry


Don Perkins

April 21, 2018 5:51PM

Jack was a mentor to many of us in the Medicaid program. He mastered the eligibility regulations, some of the most complex to learn, and shared that knowledge with the neophytes on the staff. He had a wry wit that was enjoyed by many. A good, intelligent, gentle soul...we will miss him. Prayers of comfort for you, Jole.


Cecilia Parker

April 20, 2018 7:46PM

Condolences to family.


Virginia McKissick

April 20, 2018 7:30PM

What a shock to hear of Jack’s death. He was one of my favorite people at HCFA. My sincere condolences to you, Jole.


Paula L Hammond

April 20, 2018 6:04PM

What a privilege to have worked with Jack in the Dallas regional office. He was smart as a whip but I loved his smile and sense of humor. Prayers for Jole and his family and friends.


Kay Grumbine

April 20, 2018 5:26PM

Jack, I loved your wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed working with you all those years at HCFA.


Rebecca Cedar & Michael Agis

April 20, 2018 5:12PM

We treasure our many memories of times with Jole and Jack and will miss him dearly. Deepest sympathy to all of his loved ones.


GARY MARTIN

April 20, 2018 5:07PM

Jack gave me my initial orientation to CMS (then HCFA) in 1988, giving me honest insight into the world of Federal and State health insurance programs. He was a joy to work with over the years, and I was glad to hear that he was able to spend retirement doing/seeing the things and places he loved.

He will be a great loss to those who knew him - Rest in peace, my friend.

Gary Martin


Rosemary & Fred Achelpohl

April 19, 2018 11:28AM

His smile and zest for life with friends will be missed. Condolences to family.


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