State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit and her co-chief sponsors, Reps. Keith Wheeler, Barbara Hernandez, Maura Hirschauer, and Mark Batinick and all other members of the Illinois House passed Joint House Resolution 79 to honor the memory of United States Navy veteran Herschel Luckinbill by designating a section of Route 30 as “Herschel Luckinbill Road”.
Luckinbill passed away on July 28, 2021.
“Herschel was a special man in many ways,” Kifowit said. “He distinguished himself through his service in Vietnam while in the United States Navy, and after his military service he pursued a life of service to veterans and other members of the community by remaining active as a volunteer and leader for so many.”
As a result of the House resolution, IL 30 in Kendall County from Douglas Road to River Road will be named Luckinbill.
Luckinbill served two tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam during the war aboard the USS O’Brien, a California-based destroyer.
His passion for helping other veterans was legendary.
Luckinbill has served 25 times as a Veterans Tutor for Honor Flight Chicago, which flies veterans to Washington D.C. to view memorials built to honor the service of our veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.
In addition, he played an active role in setting up the Vietnam Moving Wall in Aurora and Oswego, as well as the Middle East Conflict Wall in Oswego, further examples of his dedication to the community.
In 2008, he took over as director of the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, whose goal was to motivate more than 65 area veterans to meet every two weeks for breakfast to stay active and engaged in the community. Luckinbill was also very active in many youth sports and other organizations in the area.
“The whole community was saddened to hear the news of Herschel’s passing in July 2021,” Kifowit said. “It’s a fitting reminder of all the dedication he had to our veterans and the entire community.”