The shock that comes from Matt Luecking’s death is undeniable in the Terre Haute community today.
Many who knew and loved him find that talking about his impact is therapeutic.
“His character was in every step he took, in every encounter he had, he just tried to do right by people,” High 99 D.J. Jules said.
Matt Luecking’s love for people was regognized, reciprocated and respected.
That’s just another aspect of the man’s electric personality that his 20 year co-worker and long-time friend high 99 radio D.J. Jules will miss.
“He operated in love and friendship, and if he was your friend, he was the best friend you could hope to have,” Jules said.
And it didn’t take long for Matt to make friends.
“Every time I saw him, we talked records and music, more than we talked chamber business. He was a member of our family,” David Haynes said.
Chamber of Commerce President David Haynes had the privilege of working with Matt who was an Ambassador for the Chamber. Luecking’s warm welcome to every new business in Terre Haute was felt and observed in pictures where Luecking was the first in line at every ribbon cutting ceremony, especially if it was a restaurant.
“We spotlighted, just last week he was our Chamber spotlight as an Ambassador. We’re heartbroken,” Haynes said.
Luecking’s friends find comfort in sharing the memories they had with him. It was his connection to people that made him so special.
“You can’t take any of this stuff with you, but your people and your memories, those things are what people hold on to in times like this and Matt invested so much in people, and i hope he felt how invested we were in him and how much we loved him,” Jules said.
And it’s hard not to feel Luecking’s legacy.
“I’m so grateful that people know what kind of man and they remember what kind of man he was.”
Jules says that on days like today, she doesn’t want to be at work and doesn’t feel like going on with her day, but she knows that “getting it together,” as she says is what Matt would’ve wanted. His radio station B 92.7 will honor him this Thursday with a tribute, that will be from 3 to 6 p.m.