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Fr Victor J Lustig

Fr Victor J Lustig

Death 18 Mar 2000 (aged 84)
Burial Greencreek, Idaho County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 100332106 · View Source
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Victor J. Lustig, 84, Priest, Military Chaplain

COTTONWOOD -- Longtime Greencreek and Cottonwood resident the Rev. Victor J. Lustig, 84, died Saturday morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood of causes related to age. He was a retired Army and Navy officer, chaplain and parish priest.

Lustig was born Oct. 12, 1915, at Cottonwood to Victor G. and Mary Jansen Lustig.

He attended school at Greencreek and then at St. Edward's Seminary in Seattle and was ordained at St. John's Cathedral at Boise May 30, 1942.

Lustig then began his 20-year military career by entering the U.S. Navy as lieutenant junior grade. He served as a chaplain in Hawaii and Japan with a Marine detachment spending considerable time with the children at a Catholic orphanage at Nagasaki and Yokohama six months after the atomic bomb was dropped.

He then served 18 months on the USS Consolation at Socho-ri, Korea, where the ship's personnel cared for wounded Marines pushed back by the Communists in the Korean War.

While assigned to the Marines on Kimpo Peninsula in Korea, he worked with war orphans at Inchon. He later served at the U.S. naval base at Yokosuka, Japan, the naval hospital at Bremerton, Wash., and on the destroyer tender the USS Shenandoah.

In 1957 Lustig was returned to inactive duty and spent six months as assistant to Msgr. Jentges at Idaho Falls. He then resigned his commission in the Navy and accepted a commission with the U.S. Army serving at Fort Gordan, Ga., for three years. He then served a year with the 7th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in Korea.

After a refresher course at the Army's chaplain school at Fort Slocum, N.Y., he served at NATO bases in Germany for three years, Fitzsimmons General Hospital at Denver, Colo. for one year, and then in Vietnam with the 4th Army Corps at Cantho.

Between military assignments Lustig served the Boise Diocese at Boise, Twin Falls, Gooding, Shoshone, Payette, Idaho Falls, Mullan, and Greencreek.

He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel March 1, 1969, and after a six-month vacation was assigned to his hometown parish at Greencreek, where he served as pastor for nine years.

He retired Sept. 30, 1978, and made his home in Cottonwood, where he offered daily Mass and helped as a hospital chaplain.

Survivors include four sisters and one brother. *Names omitted per Find-a-Grave policy.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Lustig, and sisters Zita Schmidt and Loretta Reeve.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Church at Greencreek, with funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with Bishop Michael Driscoll presiding. Burial will follow at the Greencreek Community Cemetery.

Uhlorn Funeral Home of Cottonwood is in charge of arrangements.

Mar 20, 2000 - Lewiston Tribune




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