Floyd Luginbill

Floyd Luginbill, 96, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. He was born on October 19, 1920 at home in rural Berne to Marcus and Rebecca (Mason) Luginbill. He was married in 1950 to Sarah Ann Price.

He attended one-room elementary schools and graduated class president and valedictorian from Jefferson High School. He then graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne and was employed by Dunbar Furniture Company of Berne.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained in twin-engine B-25 bombers. After training, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned as a pilot instructor on the B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Marauder and the 4-engine B-24 Liberator. After the war, he remained in the Air Force Reserves for 12 years and gained his commercial pilot certificate and instructor rating. On release from active duty, he moved to Lansing, Michigan for employment with the JC Penney Co. as comptroller and merchandising manager. He was later employed by the Michigan Accident Fund as chief statistician, assistant manager and retired after 31 years as the CEO and general manager.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Lansing, Michigan, and after many years of active involvement, he was commissioned there as an Elder Emeritus. His life was marked by faithfulness to God, his wife, his family, and his work.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. David (Linda) Luginbill of Dimondale, Michigan; and James (Julie) Luginbill of Kalamazoo, Michigan; sister, Floreine Graham of Petroleum; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife; and two sisters, Ruth (Don) Abnet of Berne; and Esther (Jess) Patch of Decatur.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan and one hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. memorial service on Saturday, June 24 at First Christian Church, 1001 Chester Road, Lansing, Michigan.

Memorials may be made to the church.