Funeral services for Luke Monson will be held Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio, MN. Father Peter VanderWeyst will be officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, with a prayer service at 7:30 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio, as well as one hour prior to services on Friday. Burial will take place at the Chokio Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.
Luke Charles Monson, son of Dean and Jan (DeBuhr) Monson, was born July 1, 1976 in Morris, Minnesota. He was baptized on August 21, 1976 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio by Father Michael Marx. He was also confirmed at St. Mary's on November 1, 1992 by Bishop John Kinney. Luke grew up in Chokio and received his education at the Chokio-Alberta School, graduating from high school in 1994. While he was growing up, Luke loved two things: cars and football. He could always be found working on cars or watching races, and he was fortunate enough to have been a vital member of two State Championship Football Teams with Chokio-Alberta. After high school, Luke went on to college, graduating from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 1998 with a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management.
After graduation, Luke began working for the Diamond Supper Club in Morris, where he remained for a couple years. He then joined his family in the Monson Truck Line Business in Chokio, where he has worked since that time and was currently serving as general manager of operations. He will certainly be remembered for his wonderful attention to detail and his drive to make sure that he always did the job the right way. Luke was his happiest when he was working in the truck shop applying the many skills he had learned from his grandpa. Your greatest remembrance of Luke will be his heart-warming smile and his ability to make you laugh.
Luke died on Monday, May 31, 2010 at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He had lived to reach the age of 33 years.
He is survived by his parents: Dean and Jan Monson of Chokio; one sister: Sadie Monson of Casper, WY; aunts and uncles: Les and Kathy DeBuhr of Chokio, Mike and Joyce Busch of Plymouth, Arlene Larson of Eagan and Darcy and Shirley Monson of Monticello; special friends and Mentor: John and Sandy Finke of Chokio and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Luverne and Rachel Monson and Charles and Esther DeBuhr; three uncles: Michael and Bradley Monson and Leonard Larson and one cousin: Brett Michael Monson.
Pallbearers for the service are: Duane Reimers, Ronald Hawkinson, JR, Jason Zeltwanger, Mark Summers, Tom Schott, Todd Ganter, Bill Stanley, Jeremy Michaelson, Kyle Greiner and Mike Hettver. Honorary Pallbearers are all the Monson Truck Drivers. JoAnne Foley will serve as pianist for the service with Tom Horning serving as soloist/song leader. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
He will be greatly missed by his mom and dad, sister and his many friends and family who loved and knew him.
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