Luke J. Hawke, 25, of St. Paris, Ohio passed away peacefully on June 29, 2021, in Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.
He was born July 21, 1995, in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Matt Hawke and Jenni (Dill) Hawke. Luke was a 2014 graduate of Graham High School where he was a 4-year member of the cross-country team. He enjoyed aviation classes through Ohio Hi-Point where he was afforded an opportunity to showcase his love for aviation by helping restore the Champaign Gal. Luke was a proud member of the Ohio Valley Military Society and was passionate about military history. He was a 4-H member and could be found in nearly every section of the Champaign County Fairgrounds during fair week. He was employed at KTH Industries. He loved animals of all kinds, but especially his dog, Lily. He was always listening to classic rock music, with Lynyrd Skynyrd being a favorite. Most of all, Luke enjoyed being outdoors, around a bonfire and spending time with his family and friends.
Luke never knew a stranger and was known for always helping those in need - even if it meant leaving hours early for work just to give a friend a ride. Luke gave in death just as he gave in life; his final act of kindness was giving the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation.
His family and friends will miss his unmistakable laugh, his big heart, and his beautiful eyes. Luke will be missed beyond measure.
Luke is survived by his parents, Matt and Jenni; brother, Zach; daughter, Madison; girlfriend, Alaina; paternal grandmother, Virginia Henson; maternal grandparents, Joe and Barbara Dill; aunts and uncles, Kevin (Lynn) Hawke and family, Dan (Julie) Hawke and family, Carey (Arlene) Hawke and family, Debbie Dill and family, and Julie (Steve) McGill and family; and many close friends.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Alden Hawke; uncle, Jeff Dill; and beloved dog, Lily.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio. Please wear casual clothing or your favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd attire.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Luke's name to Life Connections of Ohio, 40 Wyoming Street, Dayton, Ohio 45409 and/or the Ohio Valley Military Society, 6540 Waldorf Place #6, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Jeanne Evans - Jul 9, 2021
Dear Jenni and the entire Hawke family.....Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers in these most difficult days. Sincerely, Jeanne and Earl Evans
Steve and Kristen Snapp - Jul 7, 2021
So very sorry for your families loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family!
Bryan - Jul 7, 2021
Sorry I could not be at the funeral but you will forever be with me brother
Reyce brown - Jul 7, 2021
You have my condolences Luke was a very good friend and a good person overall I will always remember the time we spent together he will always be my friend even in death I wish we could of spent more time together but he's in a better place now.
Steve Crowley - Jul 7, 2021
I'm very sorry for your loss. Loosing a young person is especially difficult. My family and I will pray for you and Luke’s soul.
Melissa k. Mefford - Jul 6, 2021
Matt and Jenny.. I want you to know I met your son very briefly yet he had this gentle soul about him that made you just want to get to know him more.. my heart truly goes out to you.. Luke ‘s siblings, grandparents and daughter and friends... may you celebrate his life.. may you always rejoice in saying his name out loud sharing beautiful memories and so much love. May Our Lord be with you always for some times we have no answers.i just wanted you to know I am blessed I got his smile just for a minute how ever that brief moment will last a lifetime in my own smile in Luke. Melissa
Melissa k. Mefford - Jul 6, 2021
Matt and Jenny.. I want you to know I met your son very briefly yet he had this gentle soul about him that made you just want to get to know him more.. my heart truly goes out to you.. Luke ‘s siblings, grandparents and daughter.. may you celebrate his life.. may you always rejoice in saying his name out loud sharing beautiful memories and so much love. May Our Lord be with you always for some times we have no answers.i just wanted you to I am blessed I got his smile just for a minute how ever that brief moment will last a lifetime in my own smile in Luke. Melissa
Maryanne Ryno Vrabel - Jul 6, 2021
May you all find peace and joy in your memories.
Steve and Dawn ( DuBois) Allen - Jul 6, 2021
To the Hawke and Dill families, Luke was a kind and dear soul that I can still can hear giggle. Luke always took time to talk and catch us up on his world and ask about ours. Luke made this world a better place. Everyone will miss seeing and talking with him and we send our prayers for your healing.
Michele Rucker Roberts - Jul 6, 2021
I am sorry for your devastating loss of Luke. May all the wonderful memories of the times you shared bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Sue & Dave Morgan - Jul 5, 2021
I never had the privilege of meeting Luke, but I know how much he was loved. My condolences to the family and friends who have lost him.
Carol (Hagans) Daulton - Jul 5, 2021
PLEASE KNOW YOU HAVE MY SINCERE SYMPATHY WITH YOUR LOSS. SINCERELY, CAROL HAGANS DAULTON
William J Heitman - Jul 5, 2021
Jenni, Matt and Zach, Our thoughts are with you during this challenging time. We keep you in our prayers and encourage you to seek the everlasting peace that can embrace you and is found only in Jesus Christ. Bill, Patsy and Ryan
Wanda Rozell - Jul 4, 2021
Matt and Jenni - I am so sorry to hear of your son's passing. Prayers to you and your family.
paul wilcox - Jul 4, 2021
May God bless the Hawke family, praying for all.
Brian E Smith - Jul 4, 2021
Jenni,Matt and Family! There is nothing I can say to ease your pain. I'm happy to been able to meet and work with Luke. He was a Great Hard Working young man!!! Hugs to you all!!
Melissa Hinshaw-Owens - Jul 3, 2021
Condolences on your loss Matt and Jenny and family. We are saddened for you. Praying for you as well.
Kim(Seeberg)Johnson - Jul 3, 2021
Jenny ,Matt and family , I am so sorry to hear about your son, Luke. I know there are no words that can heal the pain you are going through at this time but know my heart ,thoughts and Prayers go out to you all! Many Hugs My dear friends!
Gary bailey - Jul 3, 2021
I am sorry for ur loss jenni and Matt he was like a brother I have cried everyday since I found out I remember all the memories we have had together I am thankful to have been able to call him my friend I am sorry we lost him in such short time .
Deb Pumphrey - Jul 3, 2021
My heart is heavy and I have no words,Luke was a special guy and he will be missed by so many. God has taken your himhspecial one to be with
Keith levan - Jul 2, 2021
God bless your family. So sorry for your loss.
Clint & Julie Long - Jul 2, 2021
Our hearts are heavy on hearing of Lukes passing you have our deepest sympathy, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if there’s anything you need. Prayers to you and your family. there’s anything you need. Prayers to you and your family.
Lynn Schlaegel - Jul 2, 2021
I am so very sorry. My heart is broken for all of Luke’s family and friends. May God bring you comfort and peace as only He can. I smile when I think of Luke. He was special.
Scott Cost - Jul 2, 2021
Alaina, I'm so sorry for your loss, We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Charlie Imel - Jul 2, 2021
Matt, Zach, Jenni and family, may the memories of Luke provide you comfort and help heal your pain. My sincere condolence.
Anna Taulbee - Jul 2, 2021
I didnt know luke but 25 is way too young to go....My deepest condolences to entire family....Prayers to you all