It’s with great sadness we mourn the passing of Nolan Luhn here at Sunflower Slate.
Luhn died Sunday at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center at age 90. Luhn was a star football player for Tulsa and then for the Green Bay Packers in the 1940s — he played in the 1943 Sugar Bowl, the 1944 Orange Bowl and was second-team All-Pro in 1947. If you’d like to qualify how big-time Luhn was in his heyday, please take this into consideration: While at Tulsa, he was a pall-bearer for Will Rogers when he was moved from California to the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma.
He was pretty amazing. Impossible to forget – if you were ever lucky enough to meet him you know what I mean.
His connections to the Jayhawk Conference ran as deep as anyone you could ever meet, thanks to his long relationship with Coffeyville Community College, where he was a volunteer assistant from 1968 to 2003. There are generations upon generations of former Red Ravens with heavy hearts this week.
Former Red Raven head coach Skip Foster posted this on his Facebook page, and I thought it was fitting:
“To All Former Ravens; Coach Nolan Luhn passed away this afternoon. Coach was a special man who had a way to touch many lives. He was a very special influence on my life. All the hundreds of hours he devoted to help everyone he came across. Please keep Laudine and his family in your thoughts and prayers. I love you coach Luhn. Skip Foster”
Here are some details from the funeral home regarding the service:
Nolan is survived by his wife, Laudine of the home; one son, David Luhn and wife Kathy of Fayetteville, AR; one daughter, Dr. Christina Luhn and husband Lee Brown of San Diego, CA; and two granddaughters, Pamela and Jessica Luhn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Leslie, Ervin, Roger, and Felix, JR.; sisters, Doris, Elvie, and Aline and two infant sisters.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville with Rev. John Collins and Dr. Dan Ferguson officiating. Following Nolan’s wishers cremation will take place after the service and inurnment will take place at a later date in Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church, or the Nolan and Laudine Luhn Endowed Scholarship at Coffeyville Community College; contributions may be left with the funeral home