Carl O. Luce 1948 – 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Carl O. Luce was born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin on March 16, 1948. He passed away Sunday, June 23rd at Tomahawk Health Services in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

After graduating from high school in Orr, Minnesota, Carl married Beverly Holman. They had four daughters. He dreamed of becoming a cowboy, so he packed up his family and moved west in a worn out old U-Haul. They landed in the Big Hole where Carl first worked on the Huntley Ranch. In the style of nomadic cowboys of lore, Carl worked on ranches around Beaverhead County, moving to the Lima area in time for his girls to finish their schooling there.

The last frontier beckoned, and Carl made his home in Alaska for several years before returning to his home state of Wisconsin to be near his brothers and sisters.

Carl loved to entertain, singing country songs and folk songs, frequently playing the guitar and harmonica at the same time. He also enjoyed hunting, playing pranks on unsuspecting ranch hands, and writing poetry about the cowboy way.

Carl is survived by his daughters: Joy (Jim) Pletan, of Ramsay, MT, Laura (Bobby) Pruitt, of Sheridan, WY, Heidi (Rick) Schwandt of Dillon, MT, and Nanci (Todd) Brown of Big Piney, WY., as well as 13 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren, with three more on the way.

An informal gathering of family will be planned for this fall to share memories of Carl’s life.