He loved to talk with everyone about anything.

“Their love was just unbelievable.” An imprint on the memory of a family friend and Guthrie neighbor Vern Epperson, that is how Aurelia Donna Luster, 43, and Robert L. Luster Jr., 45, will be remembered by at least one man. For many, Donna, as known by her friends, and Robert will be known as the financially troubled couple who lost their lives in the bomb blast while trying desperately to provide for six children. The children, ranging in age from 7 to 22, were initially left homeless, victims of a landlord’s eviction order which spurred Robert and Donna Luster to make a trip downtown, where they planned to apply for further Social Security disability funding. Now the children are left without parents. Since the tragedy, intense community support has provided the surviving family members with a new home in which to carry out the teachings of their parents – valuable teachings according to Epperson. “They were a real loving family,” Epperson said. “I don’t think you’d find a more loving couple toward each other and their family. It was truly special. From the smallest children on up, it was just incredible love.”

Field of Empty Chairs

Robert Lee Luster Jr.
Robert Lee Luster Jr.
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
1st Floor
Social Security Administration

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