Luke Scavuzzo, 94, Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 with loving family at his side. Luke was most proud of two things, his family and his community.
He married Gwendolyn “Sissy” Hendryx on August 15, 1948. They never turned down an opportunity to dance. He is survived by his wife; daughter Nicola Clark and husband Bill, Harrisonville, Missouri; son, Luke A. Scavuzzo and wife Candace, Harrisonville, Missouri; daughter Lisa Cartee and husband Jack, Jefferson City, Missouri; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and many other dear relatives. He treasured traveling with his family and would do nearly anything to make them laugh.
Luke valued serving his country and his community. He served in the Navy from 1946 - 1948. After graduating from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO, he owned and operated Scavuzzo’s Grocery with his four brothers, Cosmo, Tony, Salvatore and Joe. It was originally opened by Luke’s father, Santo (Charlie) and uncle, Sam. The grocery store was a fixture in the community for 77 years. Luke also had two sisters Ida and Faustina. All of his siblings preceded him in death.
Luke was a member of the Kiwanis Club, served on city council, was a volunteer fireman for Harrisonville Volunteer Fire Department and was the first assistant football coach for the Harrisonville High School football program. As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Harrisonville, Luke was a charter member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus. He was also inducted into the Missouri Valley Football Hall of Fame and Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame as well as Harrisonville Football Hall of Fame and was a Harrisonville Wall of Fame honoree in 2010. Luke loved Harrisonville and the Wildcats and could be seen often cheering them on at various sporting events.
Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville, Missouri. Burial will be in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville with Military Honors.
Family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with a Rosary at 5:00 p.m.
Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonville School Foundation.