Charles N. Lusk, beloved father of Jennie Lusk, of Albuquerque, and Liz Lusk, of Madison, Wisc., died at the age of 96 on Jan. 7, 2013. In lieu of memorials, Charles’ daughters request that people do a good deed in his honor.
Born to Bob and Ola Mae Lusk on Dec. 17, 1916, on a farm outside Coolidge, Texas, Charles served in the Army Air Force 371st bomb squadron in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He and his wife of 44 years, Jean Remington Lusk, made their home in Roswell, where he owned car dealerships Buick and Nissan and brought cable TV service to the area.
Over his life he owned and rode plenty of horses and maintained an active church membership. He was especially proud of presiding over the church board during construction of the Roswell First United Methodist Church sanctuary. After Jean’s death, he and his wife Mary (formerly Reeder) Lusk lived and were active in Belen until returning to Albuquerque.
He was preceded in death by his brother Bob Lusk and sister Margaret Evans. Besides his daughters and widow, he is survived by Liz’s partner Susanne Dane; his close niece Barbara Buzbee, of Palm Springs, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Lucy Gilster, of Albuquerque, William Lusk-Claiborne, of Madrid, Spain, Andrew and Liza Claiborne, of Ft. Collins, Colo., Andrew and Joanna Dane, of Appleton, Wisc., and Emily Fleckner, of Washington, DC. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Spencer, Alex and Samuel Claiborne, Isadore, Eleanora and Roseanna Dane; his sister Barbara Sandoval; and many beloved nieces, nephews and close friends who were like family to him. He was a good man with a ready laugh and keen insight. He will be sorely missed.