He was born in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 14, 1926. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and graduated from Brooklyn College as a biology major after his service. He served as a docent at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. He is remembered for his youthful exuberance, active lifestyle, artistic creations, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for life; his love of world traveling and most of all his love of family.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Norma; children, Ira Lackow (Kathy), Cynthia Lackow-Gavelek (Joe Swartz) and his grandchildren, Seth Lackow (Krista Unger), Jake Lackow, and Andrew Gavelek.
Services were held at Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Scott Saulson of Temple Emanu-El officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum