Luke Alan Melius

January 12, 2008 ~ January 26, 2012

Visitation will be Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 3pm to 5 pm at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, with a Prayer Service at 5pm. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30am Monday, January 30, 2012, at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church in Brandon, with Pastor Daniel Deardoff officiating. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Luke Alan Melius was born on January 12th, 2008 to Rick and Katie (Skrondahl) Melius. He was brought into the Kingdom of God through Holy Baptism on February 3rd, 2008. His baptismal sponsors were Angela and Jason Johnson.

He enjoyed tractors, making his sister Lydia laugh, spending time on the farm, feeding the cows bales, riding in the “bombine” and being outside. He also loved riding bikes, spending time with his grandparents, and learning Bible stories about Jesus from his parents.

Luke was a member of Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church where he attended Sunday School and Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Preschool.

Luke was called to his Heavenly home on Thursday, January 26th, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. He is now safe in the arms of Jesus.

He was preceded in death by three sets his great-grandparents.

He is survived by his parents, Rick and Katie Melius and his sister Lydia of Brandon, SD, his grandparents Keith and Audrey Skrondahl of Pierre, SD, and Dwight and Denise Melius of Northville, SD, his great-grandparents, Don and Donna Nieses, Oldham, SD, his Uncle Kent Skrondahl of Sioux Falls, SD, Shaun Skrondahl, Trinity and Taleah of Sioux Falls, SD, his Uncle David and Aunt Laura Melius and their children Landen, Nathan, Teresa and Rachel of Cresbard, SD, his Aunt Angela and Uncle Jason Johnson and their children Carter and Lily of Lakefield, MN, his Uncle John and Aunt Jodi Melius and their daughter Avery of Brookings, SD, and other friends and relatives.

We thank God for the tender loving care He showed to Luke and pray the same love sustains us in the days to come.

Memorials may be directed to the Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Brandon.

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  • Tyler Tjeerdsma says:

    Rick and Katie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss Luke very much he was a special little boy to us and Zaydens best buddy. If you ever need anything no matter day or night please not hesitate to call us, remember we are just a yard away! God Bless you

  • Jason Jill and Kennedy reentss says:

    Rick and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.If there is anything we can do please let us know.God bless.

  • Darwin and Camille says:

    We have been praying for you during this time. We serve a HUGE God! May you find His comfort in the days to come. What a special little boy Luke was and will always be to you…………..

  • Nathan Gerritsen says:

    You are all in our prayers and thoughts right now. Things will be so much different with out him here to peek in our windows and ride back and forth on our sidewalk waiting for Grant to come out. His smile was always a welcome sight in our windows and sidewalk. He could always find fun where ever he was at be it in the sandbox or snowbank! May God Bless you and keep you in His arms.

  • Jon, Jill, Taylor, and Hudson Melby says:

    Rick and Katie~
    We can’t even begin to express how sorry we are for the loss of your sweet little boy! You are always in our thoughts and prayers. We want you to know that we are always here for you. Our hearts ache for all of you. Taylor said it best when he sadly said, “I loved my friend Luke!” We will miss his smiling face and his playful energy, but will continue to enjoy the many memories of “the boys” together over the past few years. May God watch over you and give you strength.

  • Jane Vanorny says:

    Katie and Family you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.Saying good bye is never easy. My the Lord hold you all close to him at your time of need.
    Jane Vanorny

  • Kevin & Sharon Tanner says:

    Our prayers are with you. Our hearts ache for the time we can see Luke again. Truly, our treasures are in heaven.

  • Carol Nesbitt says:

    Dear Rick and Katie –
    Please know that people you don’t even know are praying for you and your family at this time of great loss. It is when we are at our lowest… that God is closest to us. Feel His presence with you. Peace –

  • Jeremy & Amanda (Toennies) Rawden says:

    Rick & Family: We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little boy. Please know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. Stay true to your faith and he will get you through this.

  • Trisha and Mike Moe says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with u and your family. Landon enjoyed being in preschool with Luke very much. May God be with you during this very sad time. We will keep you in our prayers as God keeps you in His arms.

  • Terry and Deb Althoff says:

    We are so sorry for your lose. Our prayers are with you.

  • Traci VanSeveren says:

    I don’t know you folks, but feel for you very much in this difficult time. I can’t imagine losing a child, and I hope that knowing he’s with Jesus and that you’ll be reunited one day helps ease your pain somewhat. Will be praying for you all!

  • Jay & Nicki (Toennies) Masur says:

    Rick, Katie, and Family: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. It’s difficult to understand God’s intentions, but be assured that you will all be reunited again in his Kingdom. I will pray daily for our Lord to embrace you and provide strength and peace in your minds and hearts now and always.

  • Joe & Wanda Severyn says:

    Katie, Rick, Audrey, Keith & Kent,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We pray you find peace and comfort in your faith and the arms of family and friends. We are here for you anytime and praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Wanda & Joe

  • Megan, Craig and Adalyn Harskamp says:

    Rick, Katie and Lydia,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your son and brother, Luke. In the year that we’ve known him, he has brought smiles to our faces and laughter to our hearts. May your faith guide you through this incredibly difficult time.

  • Nicole Sehr says:

    My heart aches for you! I only had the privilege to meet Luke once! He seemed like a very happy and energetic boy. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. God bless!

  • Val & Tim Minihan & Family says:

    Dear Rick & Katie & Family & Friends of Luke: You are in our thoughts and prayers as you struggle to make sense of all of this. We pray that God COMFORTS you with an abundance of wonderful MEMORIES of your PRECIOUS Luke, that He wraps you in His LOVING arms through the people that surround you, and that He gives you PEACE through the unceasing PRAYERS being offered up for you by family, friends and strangers. This poem was shared with us by another Brandon family that lost a child before us. May it bring you some measure of comfort and peace as it did for us. God’s Blessings, Val & Tim Minihan and family http://www.steventrapp.com/dragonfly-story.htm

  • Brian Grogan says:

    Rick & Katie, it was very sad to open the newspaper this morning, and find of your son Luke’s passing. May you take comfort in the fact, that many prayers have been, and will continue to be said for him, as well as you both.

  • Paul & Amy Geraets and family says:

    Dear Rick and Katie,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are friends of Tony & Steph Spader and learned of Luke’s death on their caring bridge site. May God wrap you in His loving arms surrounding you with peace, strength and comfort.

  • Parker Knox says:

    Katie and Rick, Keith and Audrey, and family: I happened to run across Luke’s obituary in the Argus Leader this morning. I’m so sad over this news. I can’t possibly imagine how tough this is for you all, but I pray your family and friends up there are taking care of you all. Best wishes.

  • Kathy Ripley says:

    Dear family of Luke:

    My heart is breaking for all of you. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. You all have tough days ahead, but I know that you also have some beautiful memories to hold on to. Your little angel will be well taken care of in God’s loving arms.

  • Tom and Linda Jass says:

    Dear Rick and Katie,
    Our hearts have been hurting for you since we heard about the loss of your sweet son. Luke was such a delight in church and we loved having him in our church family. We are praying for you constantly and will continue to pray that God will lift you up in his arms.

  • Brad, Jess, Hannah & Harper Smidta says:

    Rick & Katie,
    We have been thinking about your family and sending many prayers your way to find strength. Luke was such an amazing kid and watching Hannah play with Luke and the rest of the neighborhood was one of the best memories we will ever have of living in Brandon. Luke’s smile could make anybody laugh. We pray that you will find the strength to get through this difficult time.

  • Larry & Connie Kapfenstein says:

    Keith, Audrey, Katie,Rick & Families You are all in our thoughts and prayers. It is so hard to understand the lose of a child. There are no words that can ease the pain, just know you are not alone.

  • Teresa Kinsinger says:

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet little boy. Sending you many prayers.

  • Matt and Tricia Bierema says:

    Katie, Rick, Audrey, Keith, and Family – we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you and your families are in so many people’s prayers during this very difficult time. May God be with you, especially now. God bless you all, for Heaven has just received a beautiful new angel! Matt, Tricia, Mason, Ashton, and Alaina Bierema

  • Jon & Rhonda Kopp & family says:

    Our love and prayers are with you during this difficult time. If there is anything we can do we would be more than happy to lend a hand. Luke was such a cute energetic little boy, we will miss seeing him in church. May God bless you and keep you close to his heart, and give you comfort.

  • Sylvia Staeffler says:

    Rick Katie and Lydia

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I had the chance to meet Luke just for a short time he was so energetic and cute..There is a new and bright star in the sky for Luke now. Take care and God Bless.

    Sylvia Brian and Nic Staeffler

  • Cali, Eric, Hunter, Carisa and Tayber Olesen says:

    Rick, Katie, Lydia and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Luke. What a precious boy he was! We will miss seeing him drive his tractor around and follow Rick out in the yard!! Our hearts ache for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  • Curt and Mary Larsen says:

    We are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers, Sending you our love from Montana.

  • Ken & Betty Greinke says:

    Dear Rick and Katie, and family of Luke,
    We thank God for the special gift of Luke, whose brief life among us touched so many and brought so much joy. In the midst of your pain and deep sense of loss which so many others also share, take comfort in the our Lord’s sure word of promise “Because I live, you shall live also!” May God’s gracious claim on Luke’s life in his baptism, secured by our Lord’s resurrection, be a source of comfort to you.

  • Jen & Tom Wullstein says:

    Katie & Rick,
    I cannot put into words how sorry we are for your loss. I hope and pray that you and your family will find comfort during this extremely difficult time.

  • Lynn, Terry, Nate, Noah and Kaleb says:

    Rick and Katie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Luke was a joy every time we would see him. We will greatly miss him. We pray for God’s comfort for you during this loss.

  • Ted, Julie, and Myra Enstad says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Luke’s passing and you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God provide you strength during this difficult time and we pray that you can find comfort in the memory of your son.

  • Sandy, Jeff, & Tanner Wehrkamp says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss of your son. I am at a funeral in Topeka, Kansas today and heard about it. Our prayers are with your family during this very difficult journey. I know words cannot express the sorrow and pain your family is experiencing. May God hold you in the palm of his hand during this time.

  • Ken and Gloria Hauser says:

    Keith and Audrey, Katie and Rick and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Luke. May God comfort you during this very difficult time. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!

  • Nick & Renee Osterkamp says:

    Katie and Rick,Keith and Audrey – Please know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts ache for you and we wrap our loving thoughts around you all. May God Bless you and confort you through this difficult time.

  • Chris, Nicci, Brooke, Ayden & Allie VanLaecken says:

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son. We will miss seeing the little guy riding his tractor behind dad in the summer- can still see the little orange flag go by the fence…back and forth. Forever cherish the memories you made with him and know he is safe in the arms of God. May god bless your family and provide you strength in the days to come.

  • Dear Audrey, Keith, Rick, Katie and family, I was so heart broken to learn of the passing of your dear little Luke. I never met him but he must have been a beautiful angel for God to bring him home at such a young age. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you greive the loss of your blessed little Luke. I pray you with find comfort in your loving memories and strength in the love of family and friends. May God Bless you all!

  • Marsha Swanhorst says:

    My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I cannot imagine the loss you feel and I will continue to keep you in my prayers. May you find comfort in knowing the Lord takes care of all things.

  • Deborah Antonsen says:

    Rick, Katie and Family,

    What a wonderful photo of Luke that was submitted for remembering Luke’s time on earth! You can see the Light of Christ shinning in his eyes, it is truely remarkable.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in these days and weeks to come.
    I “get” that there are no words in any language that quite convey your loss. May You feel the Presence of our Great and Mighty God now CARRYING you!

  • Craig and Laura Cassens says:

    We cannot imagine the grief in the loss of a child. Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers. May God provide comfort to you at this difficult time.

  • Chris, Nicci, Brooke, Ayden & Allie VanLaecken says:

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son. We will missing watching him ride his little tractor following dad around the yard…can still see the orange flag going by the fence….back and forth. Cherish all your wonderful memories of your little buddy. May god grant you the strength to carry on and guide you in the days to come.

  • Steve & Julie Ellingson says:

    Katie, Rick, Audrey, Keith, and Kent: You are in our thoughts and prayers, along with other worshipers at Lutheran Memorial Church, and wish for you the comfort and love of family and friends. God’s Peace.

  • Meg Ryland says:

    To The Family of Luke Melius:
    May God and family take care of you and help you heal. Everyone I talk to is praying for your entire family. Our hearts go out to you each and every one of you.
    May it help somehow to know that others care so much. God Bless all of you.

  • Laurie and Don Stukel says:

    Katie and Rick, Audrey and Keith,
    I’m sister to Lisa who told me about your loss. Our prayers go out to your families at this most difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and give you all the strength you need. God Bless you all and keep you strong!

  • Nicci, Chris, Brooke, Ayden & Allie VanLaecken says:

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son. Words can not descirbe the pain you must feel- but know that God will guide you and provide you the strength you need. We will miss seeing the little buddy riding around the yard on his tractor, can’t count the times we’ve seen the little orange flag go by the fence…back and forth…Cherish all of the memories you’ve made with your precious son. God Bless you and your family!

  • Nicci, Chris, Brooke, Ayden & Allie VanLaecken says:

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son. We will miss seeing the little guy riding aorund the yard in his tractor and seeing the orange flag pass back and forth across the fence. Cherish all of the wonderful memories of your precious son. May God grant you the strength you need in all the days to come. God Bless you and your family.

  • Warren and Nikki Terveer says:

    Rick and Katie – I am so sorry about your loss. I had the opportunity to get to know Mr. Luke in preschool when I would come in and help out. He was a sweet little boy and I know the class will miss him dearly. Please know that you have and will continue to be in our prayers.

    Warren and Nikki Terveer
    Lake, Aftyn and Kinsley

  • Randy and Deb Baumann says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Gods strength and love sustain you during the difficult months ahead.

  • This poem was given to me when our son died suddenly and it brought much comfort to me, as I hope in time it may bring you some comfort in this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    “I’ll lend you for a little time, a child of mine, He said. For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead. It may be six or seven years, twenty-two or three. But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me? He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief, You’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief. I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return. But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn. I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true, And from the throngs that crowd life’s lane, I have selected you. Now will you give him all of your love, nor think the labor vain, Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again? I fancied that I heard them say, Dear Lord, thy will be done. For all the joy thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run. We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may, And for the happiness we’ve known, we’ll ever grateful stay. But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we planned, We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

    Author: Edgar Guest

  • Carla and Michael DeLeon says:

    Audrey, Keith, Katie , Rick and families.

    We are so saddened by the passing of Luke. I feel honored that I got to meet Luke last year, he was such a sweet polite boy. May God provide you with strength. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Laura, Olivia & Jack Reinsch says:

    We are so shocked and sorry to hear about Luke. Jack enjoyed being with him in Miss Heather’s preschool class. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of extreme sadness and loss.

  • Dave & Arlys Post says:

    You probably do not know us but we are members of Jason & Angela’s church and I know you have visited our church. We were very saddened to hear the news when Pastor announced it this morning and said a prayer for you and your family. We just had to offer you our deepest sympathy and we are keeping you in our prayers.

  • Karla Paquette says:

    I am so sorry for your loss..God be with you and your family. You dont know me, but I am Sharon Nelson-Jolley’s daughter…I live in Colorado and truly loved Aunt Alfreda and Uncle Alvin…Again, my God be with you in your time of sorrow.

    Karla Paquette

  • Luke and Carolyn Hieb says:

    Rick As I shared with you, though we are weak, we continue to be reassured of our peace and salvation with Christ. My sister who is with Jesus, has testified to me of the beauty and joy she is experiencing. It is my belief that the Lord is giving me comfort with that message (and we lost her 24 years ago). Enjoy Lydia, pray, pray and know, that you will find strength – for He shall wipe the tears from our eyes.

    A passage that has given me much strength when the sadness comes is “Be Still and Know, that I am God”…we will continue to pray for you, for your strength and courage to face these next days, and that peace replaces pain. We know Luke lives on and through your family, love, laughter and beautiful memories – and the knowledge that someday, you will see him again.

  • Connie Bolte and family says:

    Rick,Katie,Audrey,Keith and Kent:
    There are simply no words to express our heartfelt sympathy and sorrow for all of you. Nobody can imagine the hurt and emptiness you are feeling at this time but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we pray the good Lord above will help to ease your pain and bring you strength! You have so many people that are praying for you all and love and care about you and are willing to help you in any way. God be with you all!

  • Larry & Connie Kapfenstein says:

    Keith and Audrey, Katie and Rick and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Luke. It is so hard to understand the lose of a child. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and comfort you at this very difficult time.

  • Elissa Stauffacher says:

    Although I have not met you before, my son Graham adored Lucas and their share of the love of tractors. He thinks about him a lot! I truly am so sorry for your loss! Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.

  • Laura, Olivia & Jack Reinsch says:

    We are so shocked and sorry to hear about Luke. Jack enjoyed being with him in Miss Heather’s preschool class. Our prayers are with you during this extremely sad time.

  • Eldon & Karen Swanhorst says:

    Dear Rick, Katie and family,
    We are so saddened by Luke’s death. We know nothing can ease your pain at this time, but knowing he is in the arms of our Lord is a comfort. You all are surrounded by the prayers of all your relatives and friends that love you. God bless all of Rosemary and Claire’s family.

  • Mark & Jen Ackerman says:

    our heart goes out to Rick and his family.
    “When a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”

    may you find peace and comfort to know that Luke is in God’s hands. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Bill & Rebecca Mickelson says:

    we cannot imagine the hurt and pain you are feeling at this time, may God help ease your pain and heal your heart. We are praying for you

  • Pat Hegseth says:

    Rick, Katie & Family,

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy as you and your family endure the difficult days ahead. May your faith give you all strength and help you all to heal from this. Your son Luke is safe in the hands of the Lord. I hope you can find comfort in the fact that he will always be with you. I will pray for all of you! May God bless you.
    Pat Hegseth

  • Trista Dunsmoor says:

    Rick & Katie – I am so sorry to hear about your son, Luke. I am praying for you and your families through this difficult time. May God hold you close now and always. Ben & Trista (Smith) Dunsmoor
    Isabella & Kenley

  • Kasey (Anderson) Cappellano says:

    Katie and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss — you will all be in my prayers.

  • Jennifer Melius Wood says:

    I am Dwight’s first cousin —- my father and Clair were brothers. I want you to know you have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard of your tragedy. It’s hard to understand the course of our lives sometimes, but God and his newest angel, Luke, are surrounding all of you in their love and comfort at all times.

  • Sue Hoxeng Kelly says:

    Dear Katie, Rick, Audrey, Keith, Kent, & family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Luke’s passing. Know that many prayers are being said to help your family get through this terrible time, but also know that he has been welcomed with so much love by his great-grandparents, Alvin & Alfreda, and his great-uncle, Greg. They will keep him close until you are with him again. My deepest condolences to your entire family.

  • Chris and Jen McKeown says:

    We are praying for your family during this difficult time. God bless.

  • Mike, Kelly, Paige, Ellie & Ashton Buss says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Luke. We will miss seeing him ride his little John Deere tractor around following his dad in the backyard. He is now dancing with the Angels in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. May God give you the strength to get thru this difficult time.

  • Kari Fitzgerald says:

    I am a friend of your neighbor, Holly and a mother of two young boys. I am so sorry for the pain you must be feeling. We all have said extra prayers for all of you. May God grant you all the comfort, strength and guidance to get through day by day! Blessings!

  • MIKE HILLMAN & DENITA ENSZ says:

    We can not imagine what it’s like to lose a child. We also beileve that Gods hands will surround you during this difficult time. Rest assured that one day he will feel your embrace again. I hope the following poem found on the internet can give you a little peace during this very difficult time:

    For those who suffer,
    and those who cry this night,
    give them repose, Lord;
    a pause in their burdens.
    Let there be minutes
    where they experience peace,
    not of man
    but of angels.
    Love them, Lord,
    when others cannot.
    Hold them, Lord,
    when we fail with human arms.
    Hear their prayers
    and give them the ability to hear You back
    in whatever language they best understand.

    Margaret A. Davidson
    © 1996 by Margaret A. Davidson

  • Rick and Katie, Audrey and Keith, We are so saddened at your loss…..we are Anita’s parents and I worked worked with your mom at the clinic Katie…and have met you at Lewis Pharmacy. I would just like to give you all a big hug….our hearts go out to you at this very sad and hard time and may God hold you close to him
    much love
    Carol and Virge

  • Angela Badie says:

    Dear Rick and Katie,
    I’m a friend of Bethany’s in Portland, Oregon. I’m so saddened to hear of your loss. I hugged my children extra tight today. Know that people across the country are praying for you. May the love and grace of our Lord Jesus sustain you in this horrible time.
    Angela

  • DeAnna Hoyer says:

    Stunned!!! No words can begin to ease the pain you are feeling. May you find a tiny ray of comfort in just knowing how far reaching the loss of you precious son is and how many people are praying for God’s comfort. I lived by Luke’s great grandpa and grandma Don and Donna and grandma Denise (Neises) in the Oldham area. My heart goes out to everyone of you. The cutest little man ever with a smile that will never ever be forgotten.

  • Hope Elbert says:

    Dear Parents of Luke, You don’t know me but someone had posted the story about your son on facebook and I wanted to let you know that you are not alone I have lost two children in the last 4 years. My daughter past away at birth four years ago and my son Trevor age 4 at the time past away two years ago in a freak accident playing out side in our yard with his older brother. He was playing with his binoculars that had a strap on it and was climbing on the side of the swing set trying to get on the swing that was wrapped on the top so he could swing and slipped and the strap got caught and he past away. Its not going to be easy but with a good support team of Family and Friends around you does get you through each moment of the day. If you every need to talk to someone that has been down the same road please feel to give me a call or look me up on facebook. 6059241008 lot of love from one parent to another parent.

  • Neil and Susan Ogan says:

    Rick, Katie, Audrey, Keith and family, I just read about Luke’s passing in the Capitol Journal. I had to catch my breath and then quickly called Andy with the heartbreaking news. Words are never enough at a time like this but please know that our hearts are weeping tonight and you and Luke will be in our prayers. God bless all of you.

  • Beverly Shippy Traver says:

    Katie, Rick, Keith, Audrey, and Kent,
    Wanda told me of your unimaginable loss. I have been praying for you ever since and will keep joining all the others doing the same from SD to AZ and beyond. I know Luke brought such delight, hearing often from my former co-worker, Grandma Audrey, of the special joy he gave you all. We pray for all the comfort and healing you need.

  • Bruce, Renee, Kayla, Kenzie and kaitlyn Gloege says:

    Rick & Katie – we are so sorry for the loss of your son. We pray that Gods love will bring you comfort and strength in the months ahead.

  • Jean & John Lakiner says:

    Katie,Rick,Audrey,Keith & family,

    Our family extends our deepest sympathy to all of you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.

  • Evie Pond says:

    I saw this in the paper but didn’t realize the close connections until Bobbie Bierman emailed for prayers. My heart bleeds for you. As a grandmother of 14 young ones I can’t bear the thought of losing one. The tears and thoughts that run through your mind is unbelieveable to me. Please know I ache for you and that all my prayers will be for your comfort and healing. We will never understand why. But plese know that God is always with us and offers his help and healing. Please accept it as so many are praying for you.

  • Evie Pond says:

    I saw this in the paper but didn’t realize the close connections until Bobbie Bierman emailed for prayers. My heart bleeds for you. As a grandmother of 14 young ones I can’t bear the thought of losing one. The tears and thoughts that run through your mind is unbelieveable to me. Please know I ache for you and that all my prayers will be for your comfort and healing. We will never understand why. But please know that God is always with us and offers his help and healing for us. Please accept it as so many are praying for you.

  • Mike, Kelly, Paige, Ellie & Ashton says:

    We are sorry to hear about Luke. Our hearts ache for you and your family. We will miss seeing in the backyard following his dad with his John Deere tractor. He is now dancing with the Angels in Heaven. We will be thinking and praying for you and your family. May God give you strength.

  • Bev & Randy Sprenkle says:

    We are saddened to hear of your loss; our heart goes out to everyone. Please feel our thoughts & prayers. God be with you~

  • Vaun & Katrina Hewlett and Family says:

    Audrey, Keith, Katie, Rick and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you, as you mourn; during this difficult time and give you strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God’s Peace.

  • Dorenda Anderson says:

    Heartfelt prayers and sympathy for all the relatives of Luke’s family. Grief feels like a cave, an aimless groping into a black, deepening void. Into your hand I press the only candle I have, a message to flicker in the darkness of your soul:

    Grief feels like a cave, but it is not a cave.
    Grief is a tunnel, a journey.
    The blackness is the same.
    The only difference is HOPE.

    You know Luke is in the arms of the Lord and is now safe. I pray God gives you strength in the following days and years. Dorenda Anderson (Donna Mae’s sister)

  • Stan & Barb Pagel says:

    Katie & Rick,

    We are deeply saddened for your loss. We can only imagine the pain you must be feeling. It is true that many, many people are praying for you and your family now, including us. Stan & Barb Pagel

  • Carol & Ed Sarringar says:

    I am a cousin of your mom’s, Katie. Alvin and my dad were brothers… Wanted you to know that we are keeping you and all your family in our prayers. was saddened go hear Sunday about Luke but know that God is caring for him now.

  • Dave and Karleen Peterson says:

    Dear Rick, Katie, and Family,
    Our prayer with tears…and with faith in Christ:
    Dearest Jesus, You know the lonely sorrow that fills the hearts of this family. You hear the groans and see the tears. Ask the Father to send the comforting Holy Spirit to strengthen them. Help them see the family of faith surrounding them. Hold them close. Grant them the assurance that death has been defeated by Christ, our Lord, who died and rose, that we might die and rise with Him, unto eternal life. Comfort them with Your grace and mercy. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
    Friends of your family from Trinity Lutheran, rural Mansfield, SD

  • Robbie Korthals says:

    Katie & Family:
    I was extremely sadden by the news of the loss of your beloved little guy. Although you do not know me, I want you to know that my family & I will keep you all in our prayers. May you feel The Lord’s loving arms hold you during this difficult time.
    Robbie Korthals, CPhT
    Rock Rapids, IA

  • Evie Heim/Howe says:

    Rick,Katie, Dwight,Denise & family. I am so sad for your loss. I have been praying for all of you since I heard. Your family has been there for me many times and I pray you will have the same love and support from many. My heart goes out to you and my prayers will continue. With love and deep sympathy, Evie

  • James/Jolinda Finley says:

    Rick and Katie,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you nearly every hour since we heard of your loss. Our hearts break for you as you deal with this change in your life. We pray that God graces you with comfort to soothe the pain; strength to “live” each day; courage to handle the tough challenges in the days to come; and peace for your broken heart. May your faith in knowing that your Luke is in the arms of Jesus; give you hope to carry on. May the love and prayers that are blessing you today, be with you always.
    With love and comfort,
    James, Jolinda, Amanda, Evan, Kate, and our “Angels”, Jacob and Levi Finley
    Chelsea, SD

  • Adriane Dorr says:

    Dear Rick and Katie,
    I’m a friend of Jared and Jan’s and simply want you to know that you are in my prayers. Your waiting is not without end. Your sorrow shall cease. Your tears will stop. Jesus lives. Hope in the Lord. Trust in His Word. Bask in His mercy. Jesus lives. By His grace, you will also come to your reward. You will see Luke again . . . because Jesus lives.

  • Donna Welch says:

    To the families of Luke…it is difficult to understand why someone so youg is taken from you. He will forever be close in your hearts. My sincere sympathy.

  • Nick and Renee Osterkamp says:

    Katie, Rick, Lydia, Audrey and Keith – You have been in our thoughts and prayers daily. Please know you have so many people who care and hold you all close to our hearts. God Bless You

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