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March 20, 1935 - June 25, 2023

Cremation has taken place and no public service is scheduled.

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Born in Farwell Michigan, Al was a devoted outdoorsman, athlete, and proud Michigander.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don R. and Genevieve Alice (Schofield) Luce; brother, Dean E. Luce; sister, Mary (Luce) Manee and great-granddaughter, Fridley Mae Luce.

He is survived by his daughters, Kimberly (Luce) Robb of Lake Leelanau, MI, Kristia (Luce) Converse of Leland, MI; son, Mark Alan Luce of Livingston, Montana; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many cousins and their children in Farwell.

Al’s passions included skiing, golfing, baseball and collecting rocks. He graduated from Farwell High School in 1953, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was self-confident, considerate and a role model for many. Al went on to Michigan State University where he was the catcher for the Varsity Baseball Team. He was Team Captain and a First Team All-Big Ten Player in 1957, setting homerun records. After graduation, Al was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played in their farm leagues in Idaho and Illinois.

Al’s career in Labor Relations started with General Motors, then Michigan State University, and finally he founded the firm Luce, Basil & Collins in Saginaw, Michigan. Al’s firm specialized in schools and municipalities. He was fair-minded, calm and an expert problem solver.

His favorite places in the world included Jackson Hole, WY and Crystal Downs Golf and Country Club in Frankfort, MI.

Al was quick-witted and sincere and will be remembered as a valuable teammate, a great negotiator, and an amazing left-handed golfer. Charming and handsome, he lived his life on his own terms.

Goodbye Al, we know you are in your parents’ arms now.

Cremation has taken place and no public service is scheduled.