Lucas DeWayne Stanley | Lewistown News-Argus

Lucas DeWayne Stanley passed away at home on the evening of May 20, 2022, at the age of 46. Born in Havre, Mont., May 31, 1975, to Dennis and Kathleen Stanley. Raised in Judith Gap alongside his brothers, Travis and Dustin, as well as multiple cousins, aunts and uncles on the Johnston, Conroy and Bradley side of the family. His family was huge with many celebrations at his grandparent’s home in Garneill.

His family moved to Lewistown in his sophomore year and he graduated in 1994. Luke excelled in basketball, making the varsity squad as a sophomore, and enjoyed playing for the Golden Eagles. He loved the game immensely and was a joy to watch on the floor.

Luke served in the US Army as a paratrooper (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1994 to 1998. Luke then followed in his parents’ steps by graduate in Nursing from Northern Montana College in 2005.

Luke met Sarah Hoover, the mother of his two boys, Elijah and Micah, and they made a home in Rockford, Ill., where he worked in the ED of Swedish American Hospital for 11 years. Unfortunately during this time frame they separated after Luke went through a rehab facility for drug and alcohol addiction.

Luke re-entered the nursing field at the Swedish Hospital and it was there he met and fell in love with Brittney Larson in 2015. They soon became inseparable and decided to begin their careers as travel nurses together. Luke married Brittney on Sept. 22, 2018, at a beautiful lakeside resort in Manitowish Waters, Wis. They spent the last five years working in various emergency rooms across the US

One of the many fellow nurses, Amanda Cherie, says it best to describe Luke in his chosen career and life and in general. This was written to Brittney:

Lucas is one of those nurses that you love working with. He gets his work done and he always connected with the patients on a human level. He had a natural gift to “see” people and what they are holding in/battling internally. Patients loved him. One of our regulars even asked Luke to be his best man in his upcoming wedding and he wasn’t joking! I remember our work holiday parties. Luke was always sober because he had battled some demons himself. The dress attire was semi-formal and specifically stated “no jeans”. Luke always wore his fanciest jeans and then gave me a hug saying that he dressed up for me (I sent out the invite with the dress code, haha) He was always a flirt with all the women at work, it didn’t matter if you were a housekeeper, clerk, tech, nurse, doctor. We all received Luke’s attention and off-the-cuff jokes. He would shoot people with flushes and he was always playing practical jokes. He had an infectious smile and laid back attitude.

Luke had that spark in his eye. Everyone was his friend. He was beautiful inside and out. I remember him dancing up a storm at the parties, sweating buckets! We all could not keep up. He was just so fun. Luke hid his demons well but that spark in his eye that made him so special stopped glowing on May 20. Rest in peace, Luke. We all felt the weight of your passing while working the weekend. Your light was too bright for this world. It now shines in heaven.

Luke is survived by his wife, Brittney Stanley; children, Elijan Anton (16), Micah Hugh (15) and Ada Kathleen (8 months); parents, Dennis and Kathleen Stanley; brothers, Travis (Malissa) and Dustin (Jenny) along with his nephews, Sullivan and Declan Stanley, niece Megan Stanley; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by his passenger, Hugh Dewayne and Margaret Mary Johnston and Richard and Avis Stanley.

A celebration of Luke’s life with military honors will be held on Saturday, July 30 between 1-5 pm at Kathleen and Dennis’ house on Warm Spring Creek, 430 Powerhouse Road.

Lunch will be provided; please bring chairs and your preferred drink.

Should you desire, please make a donation for Luke’s children college fund. There is a sub account set up at the Fergus Federal Credit Union. They only accept cash or checks made out to Kathleen Stanley. Please note donation account on the memo line.

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