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Lucas P. Varsho

Lucas P. Varsho

Lucas P. Varsho, 34, resident of Fremont, Indiana, formerly of Menomonie, WI, died prematurely and unexpectedly on August 24, 2023, at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, Indiana. 

Lucas was born on February 2, 1989 in Menomonie, WI to Paul and Nancy Varsho. Luke graduated from Menomonie High School in 2007 and then completed his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012. Luke found his passion working outdoors with his hands to create and build projects that provided value to people’s lives. He found a second home on the drilling rig, working as a derrickhand for the last decade of his life to provide critical fuel to people’s homes. From the top of the rig, Luke looked down on the beauty of the world while guiding the work and ensuring the safety of the crew. When working nights, Luke would tell us he could see every star in the night sky from the top of the rig. He was a loved team member and had a passion for taking care of others, often making “last day lasagna” to send the rig crew home with a full stomach at the end of each work hitch. 

When he wasn’t working on the rig, Luke was out exploring and enjoying nature. If you ever couldn’t find Luke, you just had to pick up the nearest binoculars, look past the friendly neighborhood heron, and search for him fishing on a glass-like lake. He was an avid camper and hiker, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Luke was drawn to the water and the woods, finding his peace and purpose in nature. 

A skilled craftsman, Luke enjoyed woodworking and building one-of-a-kind furniture. Each custom furniture piece was constructed with love and attention in every detail and design component. His woodworking pieces will be cherished by his family and friends, serving as a lasting reminder of his unending commitment to the people he loved. Luke’s woodworking even extended to the cats he cherished in his life and included unique cat trees constructed from driftwood he found while hiking. 

Luke was blessed with a giant heart that loved easily and deeply. Anyone that was fortunate enough to cross paths with Luke was immediately enveloped in his love and humor and they became a dedicated part of his life. For his five nieces and his one nephew, “Uncle Lukie” was the perennial class clown who consistently made them smile, laugh, and giggle. He was humble enough to still play like a kid with his nieces and nephew, filling every room with happiness and joy. Luke will be sorely missed by his beloved parents, Paul and Nancy, and his three siblings, Jesse, Kelly, and Maggi, and their respective families. 

We welcome you to join us as we celebrate Luke and his life. We will forever remember his unwavering loyalty, his deep compassion, and his zest for life. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Rhiel Funeral Home, located at 2317 Schneider Ave., Menomonie, WI 54751. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor Luke’s dedication to caring for others by accepting donations in his name to The Rosecrance Foundation (https://rosecrance.org/foundation/give).


  1. Ann McGuire

    Varsho Family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
    God Bless all of you.
    Ann McGuire

  2. Maureen ( Hughes) Draxler

    Dear Paul and Nancy, my heart is just broken for you to loose your Lucas. He sounded like a very special person, with his heart close to the earth.
    My sympathy.

  3. Bill Rupel

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  4. Mary Rassbach

    Paul and Nancy, we were so sorry to learned of your son, Lucas's passing. May God bless your family during this sad time.

  5. Priscilla Higley

    I am so sorry to hear about Luke, I am thinking of you and your family Nancy.

  6. Allen Crowe

    Sending out my deepest prayers and condolences to the Varsho family on the untimely loss of Lucas. His father Paul was a fantastic teacher..And I will be praying for the Varsho family for a gentle hug, inside healing and lots of love..????????
    With love and prayers:
    Yours truly:
    Allen Crowe..

  7. Dana Bessen

    Nancy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories you have give you comfort at this difficult time. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers

  8. Clayton "C.B." Greathouse

    So sorry for your loss. He was always a whoot to be around and will truly be missed.

  9. John H Abraham

    Condolences on the passing of your son. This is every parent's nightmare. God bless you! John Abraham

  10. Dave and Barb Church

    Dave and I were so saddened to hear about Lucas’s passing. We have many fond memories of Lucas playing Menomonie Indian football and hockey with our son Jason. Lucas and Jason were in same graduating class of 2007 together. Lucas will definitely be missed. Praying for comfort for the Varsho family.✝️????????????????

  11. Brad & Kathy Stephens

    Our sincere sympathies to Jesse, his parents, family & friends on their loss of Lucas! His life memories sounds like he was just getting started! Remember his smiles & humor, hold his memories close to your hearts!

  12. Marty Alligood

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace. May God bless you and your family.

  13. Gail Fieber

    Nancy, Paul, Jesse, Kelly Maggi,
    Our sincere condolences.
    Luke touched a lot of hearts in our neighborhood and in PE class at MHS.
    May the memories you share give you comfort. God bless you all.
    Phil & Gail Fieber

  14. Matt Green

    So sorry to learn of Luke’s passing! I recall watching him play football in high school with my dad and his proud father. Many fond memories of him on grindstone fishing while working on our cabin. Such a great person! My best today and always Varsho family.

  15. Greg and Jane Corning

    Paul and Nancy,
    Our hearts break for you losing Lucas. Seems like yesterday we were at your house for his high school grad party. Cherish all your memories and stories, they will help you on those difficult days forward. You are all in our thoughts.

  16. Amy Chrismon

    Sorry for your loss! Praying for comfort in the days ahead! Love you guys!

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