Phil Lukich was an active member of the South Beloit Historical Society


Phil Lukich (1932-2023)

Phillip George Lukich, 91, of South Beloit, IL,  was employed by Beloit Corporation for 35 years as a numerical control programmer until his retirement in 1989. He was an active member of the South Beloit Historical Society for many years. 

He passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 8, 2023 in his home.

Phil was born on June 3, 1932 in South Beloit, IL, the son of George and Pierre (Ross) Lukich, both of whom were born in Central Europe. Phil was a 1950 Beloit Memorial High School graduate. He married Jean Anderson in 1952 and together they had three children. Phil later married Diana Olson on November 25, 1972. Phil and Diana traveled quite a bit: England, Scotland, Germany, Turkey, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, as well as many states in the US.  He loved to read (westerns and mysteries) and enjoyed playing pool.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Diana Lukich; children, Phyllis (David) Kipp, Mark (Deanna) Lukich, and Michelle Lukich; grandchildren, Sara Bailey, Tim (Dia Weston) Kipp, John Lukich, Jason (Susan) Lukich, Taylor Lukich, Dylan Letcher, Mikayla Letcher, Caitlin (Brydan) Reid, and Everett Carroll; great-grandchildren, Kaja Perisic, Caden Bailey, Dawson Bailey, Irie Vanlandingham, and Weston Kipp; sisters, Barbara Thompson and Betty Myers; sister-in-law, Dorothy Olson; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Phil was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Frank and George Lukich; sisters, Mary Stilwell and Margaret Baker; infant son; and infant grandson.

A memorial service for Phil will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2023 in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, WI, with Chaplain Mark Maxted officiating. Visitation of Remembrance will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday in the funeral home. Online condolences and a livestreaming of the service will be viewable at

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given to the South Beloit Historical Society.

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