Floyd Beutel Luker, 102, of Brownwood went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 13, 2019.
Funeral services for Beutel will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Blaylock Funeral Home Chapel with David Medley officiating. Burial will follow at Indian Creek Cemetery in Comanche. Visitation will be held prior to services from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the directions of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.
Beutel was born in Comanche County to John Thomas Luker and Julia Elizabeth (Tuggle) Luker on June 20, 1916. He married Idarene Shaver on July 27, 1935. From this union they were blessed with three children: Billy Gail, Julia Lurlene, and Floyd Lynn. Their first years of marriage Beutel spent farming and dairying. In his younger years in enjoyed coon and squirrel hunting and noodling in the “Blue Hole”. When the family would make homemade ice cream, he would make Julia sit on top of the lid, when it started freezing and spinning around he would tell her to “sit harder”.
In 1946, they moved to Brownwood and opened a furniture manufacturing store for a few years. Later in the early 50s, he bought a San Angelo spudder drilling rig for wildcat drilling in Brown County. Beutel made his last well location and consulting at the age of 98 with Danny May.
By divine guidance he was inspired on how to make violins and other string instruments. During the 70s, Beutel furnished all the string instruments for Howard Payne’s Music Department. He is listed in the “Texas Music Directory” as a fiddle maker. His violins are played in Houston’s, Austin’s, and Abilene’s Symphony and recorded in Nashville.
Beutel was a member of Central United Methodist Church and a member of the Upper Room Bible Class.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Idarene Luker; infant son, Billy Gail Luker; parents, Thomas and Julia Luker; brothers, Ray and Paul Luker; infant sister, Lurlene Luker; and great-grandson, Elias Stanke.
Beutel is survived by his daughter, Julia Stanke Yancy; son, Floyd Lynn Luker and wife; five grandchildren, Jack Stanke Jr. and wife Tammy, Britt Stanke and wife Marilyn, Jennifer Stanke Bannowsky and husband Fred, Heather Lingle and husband John Emeigh, Skeeter Lingle-Scott and husband Trevor; 10 great-grandchildren, Shaily Stanke Soto and husband Oscar, April Stanke, Isaiah Stanke, Jonathon Stanke, Heather Wilson and wife Leslie, Kristen Stanke, Luke Bannowsky, Thea, Hadley and Seamus; two great-great-grandsons, Skylar Stanke and River Wilson; and one great-great-granddaughter on the way. He is also survived by several other family members.
Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences for the family are welcome at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com.