Stephen K. Luyben
Stephen K. Luyben July 6, 1943~February 11, 2017 Raleigh Stephen K. Luyben, 73, of Raleigh died February 11, 2017 in Raleigh. He was born July 6, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota a son of the late Karl and Marion (Gustafson) Luyben. Steve spent most of his early life, until the age of 13 with his parents in Liberia where they worked as missionaries. He returned home to continue his education and attended Stonybrook Prep School on Long Island, NY. Steve graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce Ohio with both a BA and a Master's Degree. During his career he worked for Sheraton Hotels as vice-president in charge of building reservation centers which necessitated his travelling all over the world. After leaving Sheraton, he ran the IT Dept. for AIDS Action of Boston at the height of the AIDS crisis. It was this work he was most proud of. Around the year 2000, Steve retired due to what was diagnosed at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, something which saddened him a great deal as he particularly loved the work he was doing. In 2004, he married his husband, Gerald Daley in Boston, Massachusetts. They remained deeply in love from when they first met in 1990 up until Steve's death. Steve loved sailing and spent time every summer in Brooklin, Maine at the summer home of his great friend Art Sperry of Raleigh; he was most happy being on the sea. He loved travel and made many trips to Costa Rica particularly, a country he loved and where he had many friends. Steve's other great love was opera. He sounded The Triangle Opera Appreciation Group 8 years ago and held bi-weekly showings of operas in our home. He loved classical music and volunteered as an announcer for WCPE Classical Music Radio until his health deteriorated. Steve is survived by his husband Gerry Daley, his brother Paul from New York State, his sister Mrs. Marie Swenson (Tom Swenson) from Indialantic, Florida and also by his nieces and nephew: Laura, Kimberly, Michel, Charity and Micah whom he loved a great deal. He was predeceased by his brother Joe, and his brother John. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to WCPE Radio, PO Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588 Please visit www.brownwynne.com to offer condolences and share memories with Steve's family.
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