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Lawrence Luke

Lawrence Dean Luke

Thursday, March 8th, 1951 - Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
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Lawrence was born March 8, 1951 in Billings to Floyd & Luella Luke. He was the second born of five siblings. Affectionately known as Uncle Dean, or Uncle Ding to his great nephew, he was a man who loved his family more than anything.

He was the man who would stand up for any woman or animal he saw being treated unwell and he had the stature to pull it off and protect the perfect stranger. A soft-spoken man who wore his heart on his sleeve and a man of his word, Dean spent just shy of 32 years with the love of his life and soulmate, Sharon (Rose) Luke, who he married in July 1989. He spent every morning playing scrabble and cards with her after bringing her a cup of coffee. Even though she ‘held the ‘S’s’ all 32 years.

He loved to take fishing trips and did so even in his last years when he did not always feel so well. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, he lit up the room with his quick witty humor. He spoke two languages: humor and love. Those of us who were lucky enough to be the closest to him had a safe place of unconditional love from a man who truly would do anything for us.

He held especially dear his niece, Michelle, who he would tell anyone was his angel and his Shellie; the bond they shared was special from the moment she was born. Dean passed March 24, 2021 with his loving wife and his niece at his side.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Everett & Walter Luke & sister Wenda Lou Luke. Left to honor his memory are his wife, Sharon; sister Donna Keele; his special angel & niece, Michelle (Matt) Nedens and their children, Jake & Wilson; sister-in-law Izzy (Jim) Keswick; brother in laws Marv (Char) Rose, Pat Rose, Gene Rose; son Robert, grandchildren and many nieces, nephews & great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, April 3rd at 10 am at First Baptist Church, 400 7th Ave in Laurel MT, Pastor Widdis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, MT
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    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 10:00am
    First Baptist Church Laurel
    400 7th Avenue
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    Pastor Walt Widdis


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Michelle Nedens

Posted at 04:52pm
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I Love You, My Uncle Dean

What do you say about a man
Who cherished you so much
That he never even raised his voice at you
But on accident and only once.
I’d surprised him from sleep and he barked before he’d woke,
And the second he was fully awake,
He apologized and took me straight out on the town,
Told me I was someone he would never forsake.

And that’s the kind of man he was,
So full of love and care.
If you knew him past his tough exterior
A most tender heart was there.
I told my Uncle once before
“If I didn’t know you, I’d cross the street”,
And we shared a laugh because we knew it was true
And what a sweetheart he was underneath.

If he passed a woman or animal by
Who was being mistreated or hurt,
The man who always minded his business
Would put a man straight to the dirt.
A soft spoken soul who was slow to anger,
He valued his family above all.
He made me feel so safe and loved,
He made me feel ten feet tall.

The smallest of my accomplishments
Were his biggest front page news.
He’d sing me praises from the rooftops you know,
In his eyes, I could never lose.
And I suppose I thought the same of him,
He was so full of surprises and charm.
Did you know that he was an impeccable dancer?
I discovered that on my wedding day there in his arms.

I will miss discovering pieces of you,
That I hadn’t known before.
I will miss packing coolers and slinging hooks
From a sandy afternoon shore.
I will miss hunting earthworms the night before,
Just you, me, and the slugs.
I already miss my “hello, baby”
I miss my kisses and hugs.

I will keep all of the pieces of you
That live on inside my heart.
I will wrap them around the kids and Aunt Sharon
We will never be truly apart.
I will feel you in the sunrise,
I will feel you when I look to the sky,
I will feel you on every sunny shore
As the afternoon passes me by.

I will think of you with every fish I catch,
I will think of you and smile.
I will wish we could have kept you longer,
But be thankful we had you awhile.
I will think of you when someone cracks
An unexpected hilarious joke,
I will take my heart and carry on,
Though a piece of it will always be broke.

So I guess it is time to bid you farewell,
To make good on promises made.
I will take care of Aunt Sharon like I said I would,
When we found out you couldn’t stay.
I will walk the earth a better person
Just because of who you believed me to be.
I will do my best to make you proud,
Be the light you saw when you looked at me.

You would tell everyone that I was your angel,
And now you have become one of mine.
I promise to send Aunt Sharon home to you one day,
But she and I will take our time.
I know that you’ll wait patiently
For the woman of your dreams.
Until we all are together again,
I Love You, My Uncle Dean.

-Michelle Nedens 4/1/21

Michelle Nedens

Posted at 01:59pm
Uncle Dean, you were such a safe place in this world for me. You never ceased to amaze me and I was always so excited when I would learn something new about you. And even at 36 years old, I still would learn new things about you. You were a wonderful man and you & Aunt Sharon's love story will forever be one for the books. She said to tell you, she loves you, she misses you and it has been great loving you all these years. I am comforted in knowing even though you have passed, you are still around, thank you for telling us hello. And don't worry, I won't let anyone who can't feel convince us otherwise. Love you so very much. I will think of you with every fish I catch. Thank you for all of the love and memories. Thank you for always making us feel loved and safe. Thank you for being the wonderful man that you were. We will take good care of Aunt Sharon. I have written a poem for your service, perhaps I will share it here after the services. Pet Barney, Skeeter & Sundance for me. Love, your Angel, Michelle

Susan Hoban

Posted at 11:34pm
Dean was always happy to see you when you walked in there house. He a great personality and good to joke with we will all miss him. Sharon, you will always have us around to help you with what ever you need. Susan Hoban

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