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Biography of Luther Rufus Lusk

Ennis, Texas

Luther Lusk was a tech sergeant in the U.S. Army. He joined the army in June of 1944. He served in the 225th Infantry, 63rd Division in Germany, and died on April 1, 1945.

Luther was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lusk of Ennis. He was born on August 1, 1916. He graduated Ennis High School. He played football for the Lions, and was an important part of the 1933 Ennis Lions football team, and a teammate of Jack Lummus, Charles Ricks and Reginald Tolar. All four died serving their country during World War II. He is buried at Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis.

In 1933 Ennis High School was unscored on through the fifth game of the season, and had scored 144 points against their opponents. But in the sixth game against State Home in Corsicana, they were scored on, and defeated 12 to 6 at Fair Park Field in Ennis. This was their only loss, and they finished the season in second place in District 17-B behind State Home. At the end of the season, the Lions had scored 233 points to their opponents 26. Brooks Conover was head coach and Frank Blair, assistant coach.  In 1933 Conover-Blair fielded one of the finest football teams in the history of Ennis High.

Luther married Margaret "Peggy" Lillian Shema on August 1, 1942 at Yuma, Arizona.  They had two children: a son, Michael Luther, and a daughter, Joan Louise. 

Luther was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Citation, Good Conduct Ribbon and Expert Marksmanship Medal.

He is listed on the Memorial Monument to Ennis War Dead and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.


Jack Lummus Memorial Park   Ellis County Veterans Memorial


The picture and bio information are courtesy of Tama Lyn Stull, granddaughter of Luther Rufus Lusk.


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