Karl K. Lusk Sr., who buried hundreds of Bourbon County residents over more than 60 years, died Monday at Bourbon Heights nursing home in Paris. He was 94, and he had been in ill health since he was injured in a fall at his home three years ago.
Mr. Lusk, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, ran Lusk Funeral Home in Paris with his son, Karl Lusk Jr., for many years. The two also owned Pruitt Funeral Home in Millersburg for several years. Karl Lusk Sr. continued to work in his profession after the businesses were sold about 1990, retiring about 2005.
Mr. Lusk will be buried Saturday in Paris Cemetery. He is described by those who knew him as a tough cookie who always spoke his piece, but also as a humble and unassuming man.
Retired Paris insurance agent John Galloway remembers Mr. Lusk's dedication to the Paris Rotary Club. Mr. Lusk was a past president of the club and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Galloway also noted Mr. Lusk's service in World War II.
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Mr. Lusk, who served in the Navy, was beach master at Omaha Beach after the D-Day invasion, seeing that supplies were successfully unloaded.
Mr. Lusk, a Paris native, graduated from Paris High School, then went to the University of Kentucky on a partial basketball scholarship. He left UK after his freshman year and went to Georgetown College, graduating from there in 1936 with a major in mathematics and a minor in education. Later, he graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
He began his career as a funeral director and embalmer at the old Davis Funeral Home in Paris in 1939, eventually becoming a partner in the firm. He and his son bought the funeral home business in 1970.
He also dabbled in politics, serving two terms as mayor of Millersburg in the 1980s and as a member of the Paris independent schools board.
Mr. Lusk was a partner in Davis & Lusk Insurance for several years, and he was former president of a family-owned veterinary supply firm, the Dr. A.B. Plummer Products Co. Inc.
Mr. Lusk was a past commander of Bourbon Post No. 30 of the American Legion and was manager and announcer of the post's horse show for many years. He also was a leader in local Shrine organizations. A member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Paris, he was a vestry person, senior warden, treasurer, lay reader and lay eucharistic minister.
He was the widower of Ruby Plummer Lusk, to whom he was married for 63 years. Survivors include his son, Karl Lusk Jr. of New Haven; a daughter, Marty Lusk White of Paris; four grandchildren; a step-grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Paris. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home in Paris. Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.