Lucian C. Haney, on record as Ranken's oldest living alumnus, passed away at the age of 97. Lu, a 1936 graduate of the Refrigeration program, participated in a 75-year Diamond anniversary celebration of his graduation in 2011. When he attended Ranken, Lu lived in one of the boarding houses surrounding campus at that time, and paid $2 a week and $.25 a meal. He was one of the first graduates of the first refrigeration class started in 1934.
Prior to attending Ranken, Lu worked in a shoe factory nailing heels to women's shoes. After his graduation in 1936, he took his first refrigeration job at Quality Dairy in 1937 paying $14 a week. He was referred to the dairy by his Ranken instructor and all of his classmates were also able to go to work after graduation. He later moved to Pevely Dairy in 1938 making $21 a week with every other Sunday off. He worked on milk boxes and ice cream cabinets. He paid $10 to join the Steamfitter's Union, which later became the Pipefitter's Union and became a service technician. After becoming a union fitter, he received $6 a day but had to work around the clock and rotate call on weekends. He remained a member of the Plumbing and Pipefitter's Union Local #562 and retired after 40 years. Lu continued his membership in Local #562 after his retirement for a total of 75 years in the union.
Surviving Lu is his wife, Eileen, four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Steven Ule, Lu's son-in-law, is a 1992 Electrical alumnus and his grandson, Zach Ule, Steve's son, is a student in automotive set to graduate in 2013.