Luke is preceded in death by his mother and father, Lewellyn and Lou Kinkel, his brothers, Steve Kinkel and Joe Kinkel, and his daughter Katie Kinkel. He is survived by his daughter, Karin Lawrence, her husband, Sean Lawrence, his sister, Sharon Kinkel, his niece Ashlee Rinestine, and her husband Ian Rinestine, plus numerous cousins, grandchildren and many, many friends.
Luke was born in Dallas, Texas, September 18, 1950. He grew up in Lancaster, Texas. At 18, Luke joined the Air Force, and was stationed in many places, such as Italy and Turkey. He was an electrician by trade, and in 1980, his brother started Kinkel Electric. Luke worked for Steve for 20 years. Once Steve retired, Luke worked for a few other companies before becoming an electrical contractor. He was a talented electrician, and could troubleshoot any problem, even over the phone.
Luke was a large part of the Mesquite Girl's Softball Association, for 20 years or more, as both of his daughters played. He coached and was a board member. He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball and football over the years, but his greatest loves were poker and craps. The man loved a good bet, or to take weekend trips to the casino.
Luke had a big heart, and was very giving, to his daughters, friends, family, they all meant the world to him. He was a jokester, and loved to laugh. He was close to his family, spending as much time with them as possible, teaching his grandson Devon guitar, and spending time with his nephew, Will.
Luke was sentimental, and a talented poet and song writer, and loved to share his art with all those closest to him.