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The Reverend C. Philip “Phil” Laucks
  • June 18, 1941
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  • February 14, 2017

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South Daytona, Florida.  The Reverend C. Philip “Phil” Laucks, age 75 died on February 14, 2017.  Reverend Laucks was a dedicated and caring son, husband, father, grandfather, and servant of Christ and His Church.  He was born on June 18, 1941 in Reading, Pennsylvania to the Reverend Fenton I. and Grace E. (Hehr) Laucks.  He was preceded in death by both.

Rev. Laucks grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, graduated from Reading Senior High School where he was president of the Class of 1959.  He was graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 1963 and from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey with a Master’s Degree of Divinity in 1969.  Prior to entering seminary, he served his country in the enlisted ranks and was honorably discharged from the 365th Engineers Battalion of the United States Army Reserve.  Following his time in the service, he was employed by the Glidden Company as a Trade Sales Representative and was based in Paramus, New Jersey.

During his seminary years, Rev. Laucks served as a student assistant at the Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church, Trenton, New Jersey; St. John’s United Church of Christ and the Zion United Church of Christ, both of Reading, PA.  Following graduation from seminary, Rev. Laucks and his wife, the Rev. Barbara Morgan Laucks, served as pastors of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Reading.

From the years of 1971 through 2002, Rev. Laucks served the United Church of Christ as an Administrator of the United Church Retirement Homes, Newton, NC; President-CEO of United Church Homes of Ohio and Indiana; Village Administrator of Bishop’s Glen Retirement Community of Holly Hill, Florida; Vice President of Facility Development for Homewood Homes of Williamsport, Maryland; and President-CEO of United Church Homes of North Carolina and Virginia.  He and his wife Barbara have lived in Sebring and Daytona Beach during the years following his retirement.  Rev. Laucks served as a member of the Board and President of Sebring Meals on Wheels and a founding member of Meals On Wheels of Lake Placid.   Rev. Laucks served as a  Volunteer Minister of Administration of Emmanuel United Church of Christ.  In addition, until the time of his death, he served as treasurer and board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Volusia County.

Rev. Laucks is survived by his wife of 49+ years, Barbara; their three daughters: Lindsay Beth Smith and husband Douglas Walck of Mocksville, NC; Laurie Ann (Laucks) and Billy Smith of Mocksville, NC; and Patricia Ann and husband Lieutenant Colonel Donald K. Brooks of Key Largo, FL; grandchildren Kacie Smith, Katie Walck, Matthew Walck, Austin Mathes, Emma Mathes, and Camden Brooks; sister and brother-in-law Judith and Frederick Tim of Pocono Pines, PA; aunt Lea Hehr of Palm Coast, FL; brother-in-law George T. Morgan of South Daytona Beach, FL; nephew John Tim of Bradford, PA ; and niece Karen Jackson of Malvern PA.

The Memorial Service celebrating Rev. Laucks’ life will be at 11:00 AM on February 18th, 2017 at Seabreeze United Church of Christ, 501 North Wild Olive Ave., Daytona Beach, FL.  Memorial contributions are requested in lieu of flowers and may be made to Habitat For Humanity of Greater Volusia County or Seabreeze United Church of Christ.


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  1. Rev. Thomas E. Dipko, Ph.D. says:
    23 May 2017
    Dear Barbara,
    News of Phil's passing did not reach us until today, so forgive this tardy note of concern for you and your family and of our deep appreciation of the Ministry that Phil offered to so many. His legacy of care for seniors among us remains a great gift to the UCC and uncounted others. Wishing you God's peace, Tom Dipko, Ohio Conference Minister, Retired.

  2. Gail Sparks says:
    25 Apr 2017
    I just learned of Phil's passing today, my heart absolutely aches. There isn't a day that you two don't come to mind. You both mean so much to Brannon and me. Please know we love you Barbara and thinking about you often

  3. Ronald Beach says:
    24 Mar 2017
    Dear Barb and family. I just learned of Phil's passing from the communication's officer at UCH. While many years have passed since our paths have crossed, my memories of my experience at UCH are the most positive when Phil was my boss. He was very supportive and permitted me to grow as a person in ways I never expected. His commitment to the mission became my mantra, which I maintained until my retirement in 2008. His concerns for our residents was always one of my priorities. Kristy's and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ron

  4. Bruce Pontious says:
    20 Feb 2017
    Dear Barbara & Family,
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Phil's passing. An old friend, Jim Minehart, shared it with me today. It has been a long time, too long, since we connected but you should know that I often reflect on the marvelous experiences we all had while working for the wonderful ministry of United Church Homes in Upper Sandusky, OH. Phil provided great leadership and was a true mentor to me and many others during our time together. Please know that you and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.
    Peace & blessings,

  5. Janet Mills says:
    19 Feb 2017
    Barbara and family, I was saddened to hear about Phil's death. My memories of Phil were the times I would see him as I visited his Mother in Ephrata. He was a very kind and thoughtful man. He was also very supportive to my cousin, Bob Major as he endured a terminal illness. May God be close to you all and give you the comfort that only He can give. My prayers and sympathies are with you.

  6. Lu-Anne Blankenship says:
    18 Feb 2017
    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Phil was a great man.

  7. Bob Allten says:
    17 Feb 2017
    Phil was a truly great man and a wonderful friend to our family. Our love and prayers are sent to comfort Barb and all of the Laucks family.

  8. Carol Dewitt says:
    17 Feb 2017
    Barbara I am so sorry, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Al Howard says:
    17 Feb 2017
    Dear Barbara,
    Judine and I are sorry to read of Phil's leaving us.
    The Sebring community lost an important part of it when you and Phil left. Phil was an exceptional man and made a contribution in many ways - especially with Meals on Wheels.
    Please accept our condolences and thanks for the contributions you both made here.
    Al and Judine Howard

  10. Helen Eells Klenk says:
    17 Feb 2017
    So sorry to read about Rev. Laucks! He was my administrator when I worked at Bishop's Glen 30 years ago. He loved the residents and the staff. He referred himself as Uncle Phil to the employees children. He was so kind and had a wonderful smile. My thoughts and prayers to you Barbara and family.

  11. Rev. Dr. Nelson A L Weller says:
    16 Feb 2017
    We offer you our sympathy on Phil's passing. We first met Phil as a teenager when he and his mother worshiped with us at Limerick and continued our friendship when you were in NC. We now live in Piedmont Crossing, one of the facilities he oversaw when he was in NC and I will note his death in our monthly newsletter.
    Elaine & Nelson Weller

  12. Linda (Graeff) Reber and family says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Barbara and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Phil was a wonderful man and a true son of the God. We are so saddened at St. Andrew's in Reading PA for your great loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Jackie Morgan says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Dearest Barbara and family, I am so sorry for your loss. In addition to all the good work Phil did, he was just delightful to be around. I will always cherish the friendship the three of us shared.

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