Lucas Edward Pfeiffenberger, 89, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Turning Brook.
He was born in Alton, Ill., to Dr. J. Mather and Hortense (Rodgers) Pfeiffenberger on Dec. 18, 1924, the fifth child in a family of seven. After graduation from St. Louis Country Day School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19. Upon completion of his service in the European Theatre, he continued his education at the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana, receiving a Master of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering.
Mr. Pfeiffenberger moved to Alpena, Mich., in 1957 as Executive Director of the Expanded Clay and Shale Assn. In 1958 he began employment at Besser Company, retiring after 30 years as Manager of Research and Training. After retirement, he remained active in the community, teaching Concrete Technology at Alpena Community College, serving as Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, and in his later years serving the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan as a Trustee and volunteer. He was very active with the local Boy Scouts of America, first as a Scoutmaster and then mentoring Scouts as they prepared for their Eagle Scout awards. He was on the committee which developed Alpena Village. He managed the Humanities and Arts Outreach program which brought performers to the school system. He was a member of the Alpena Rotary Club serving as president in 1967.
As a member of First Congregation United Church of Christ he sang in the choir for many years, served as a Deacon and Superintendent of the Sunday School and on a number of committees.
Mr. Pfeiffenberger received a number of awards for his volunteerism and philanthropy. Among these are Certificate of Appreciation Higher Education from Gov. Romney, Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award, Alpena Community College Fellow of the College Award, Delta Kappa Gamma Friend of Education Award, Alpena Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Council of Michigan Community Foundations Philanthropy Award. In addition, he quietly showed his kindness with gifts to individuals and organizations.
On July 6, 1958, he married Janet Grant at First Congregational Church. He is survived by his wife, two children, Sylvia Pfeiffenberger of Durham, N.C., and John Pfeiffenberger and wife Lisa of Fife Lake, Mich.; two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Andrew and wife Bernadette of Denver, Colo., brother Franklin of Sarasota, Fla.; and sister Jane Luer and husband Carlyle, also of Sarasota; and sister-in-law, Marthaine Pfeiffenberger of Godfrey, Ill. He is also survived by a number of loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Pfeiffenberger and Ella Anschuetz and brother Mather Pfeiffenberger.
Visitation will be at the Bannan Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 3-8 p.m. with military honors accorded him at 5 p.m. by V.F.W. Alpena Post 2496. Visitation will continue Wednesday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ from 12 noon until the funeral service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Paul Lance officiating.
Interment: Evergreen Cemetery
Memorials may be made to Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, First Congregational United Church of Christ or Hospice of Michigan.