"Chip" Dale's Story

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Danville Chip Dale Brant Lucas, Jr., 72, passed away at 6:20 AM on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville, IL.

Chip was born on October 10, 1944 in Danville, IL the son of Dale B. and Mary E. (Van Dyke) Lucas, Sr.

Chip is survived by his daughter, Tammy (Troy) Tranchant of Danville, IL, two grandchildren, Tanner Tranchant and Tessa Tranchant both of Danville, IL, a special cousin, Regina Lucas Dooley as well as special friends, Jim and Sue Brown, Torch Prentice, David Woods, Marsha Fisher and Paula Magruder.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Chip was a former member of St Pauls Catholic Church and was a graduate of Bismarck High School. Chip served his country in the United States Navy from 1962 1966 on the USS Holder and the USS Mullinnix, during which time he attained the rate of Yeoman.

Over his lifetime, Chip was an Investigator with the D.C. Metro Police Department, worked at Grand Harbor, was the owner and operator of Dales Place in Danville, IL and was a retired motor yacht Captain. He was a member of the Vermilion County Rescue and Search Dive Team, Iron Butt Association, member and Past Commodore of the Danville Boat Club, an American Legion Post 210 member for over 37 years and a 40/8 member for over 36 years.

Chip had many passions throughout his lifetime. As the Captain of a yacht he navigated the inland waterways of the United States as well as the Gulf and Caribbean seas. Traveling, boating, yachting, motorcycles and fast cars were a large part of his life. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals and NASCAR fan, raced mini sprint cars, enjoyed scuba diving, riding his motorcycle, and cruising around in his T-bucket.

Celebration of Life Service Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday May 20, 2017 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL with Military Rites conducted by American Legion Post 210. Inurnment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Friday May 19, 2017 from 5:00 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to VA Palliative Care in care of Voluntary Services at 1900 East Main Street Danville, IL

The family would like to extend a very special heart felt thank you to the VA Palliative Care Unit Nurses and Staff as well as Dr. Elliott.

Please join Chips family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 16, 2017
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