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Robert Raymond Lukas, Jr.

January 31, 1947 — December 22, 2023

Hot Springs Village

Robert (Bob) Raymond Lukas, Jr., a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away December 22, 2023, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Born on January 31, 1947, in Cicero, Illinois, to the late Robert Lukas Sr. and Glendola (Behrens) Lukas. He was also preceded by his wife Kay (Forbes) Lukas, wife Eloise (Carter) Lukas and son Jai Lambert. 

He leaves behind a loving family who will carry on his legacy of strength and compassion. He is survived by his devoted wife Barbara Lukas of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.  He is also survived by his sister Karen Sue Irwin, and his brother John Lukas, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  They shared many special moments together as siblings, supporting each other through life's ups and downs. 

He is also survived by his cherished daughters Regina "Gina" Driggers and her husband Tommy of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Janelle Widel and her husband David of Benton, Arkansas, Laura Walker and her husband Kyle of Conway, AR.  

Bob lived a remarkable life filled with dedication, hard work, and love for his family.  Bob was known for being an amazing Grandpa and Uncle who cherished his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He adored his grandchildren Ella, Jade, Lance, Jacob, Wesley, Marshall and Joshua, and they will miss him terribly. His genuine love for them radiated through every interaction. As they grew up under his caring guidance and support, Bob created cherished memories that will be treasured forever. 

Bob’s career was defined by his entrepreneurial spirit and for providing warmth to others. He opened the first two franchises of Buck Stove of Arkansas in Little Rock and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He then started Buck's Chimney Service which began in Little Rock before it and he found a home in Benton, Arkansas. He leaves behind a legacy of exceptional service.  Though he closed the business years ago, he still fielded calls for Bucks regularly. 

Bob also found fulfillment in teaching others what he had learned throughout his life. His willingness to impart knowledge to those around him showcased his generous nature and passion for helping others succeed. 

In years past, Bob enjoyed indulging in outdoor hobbies such as boating and camping. These outdoor adventures allowed him to embrace nature's beauty and find solace amidst a bustling world. Whether he was out on the water or sitting next to a campfire under a starlit sky, Bob found peace in these simple yet enchanting moments. 

To honor and celebrate the remarkable life of Bob Lukas Jr., a visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 26, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Smith Family Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. Friends and loved ones are invited to pay their respects during this time.  A graveside service will be held at Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs, Wednesday, December 27th at 1:00 PM. 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at

In these difficult times, may we find solace in the memories we shared with Bob. As we gather to bid farewell to a decent, hardworking man whose kindness knew no bounds, let us remember the lessons he taught us about love, perseverance, and the true meaning of family. Bob may no longer be physically present among us, but his spirit lives on in our hearts forever. 


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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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