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Luke A. Verbyla
November 26, 1954 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dedicated and hardworking man, Luke A. Verbyla, who tragically lost his life in a farming accident on January 28, 2024. He was 69 years old.
Luke was born on November 26, 1954 in Kingston, a son to the late Julius M. and Constance D. (Kuchinskas) Verbyla. He developed a deep connection to the land while working on his parents farm in Sweet Valley. He was a graduate of West Side CTC in Pringle. His connection to the land only increased as he toiled tirelessly, cultivating the soil and nurturing the crops that sustained his family and community. His unwavering commitment to his agricultural pursuits was evident in the bountiful harvests that graced the fields under his care and livestock he raised and cared for.
In the vast expanse of the farm, Luke found solace and purpose. His hands, weathered by the sun and calloused from demanding work, were a testament to the countless hours spent tending to the land. He approached each day with resilience, facing the challenges of farming with an indomitable spirit.
Luke was a long-time member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Benton. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 10882 at Christ the King Church. In his limited downtime, he enjoyed taking in a few TV shows, namely Discovery Channel programming. He and his family made daytrips to coal mines, cave tours, and other locations that they found interesting.
Beyond his dedication to his work, Luke was a loving husband and devoted father. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 37 years, Bonnie (Ipher) Verbyla; daughters: Christina Stephens and husband, Randy, and Catherine Verbyla; grandson, Drake Stephens; brothers: William Verbyla and wife, Gail, and Mark Verbyla and wife, Gail; nephews: William Verbyla and Mark Verbyla; niece, Tanya Verbyla; and numerous cousins. His family was the driving force behind his tireless efforts, and his love for them was immeasurable.
In addition to his parents, Luke was preceded in death by a brother, Julius A. Verbyla.
Luke Verbyla will be remembered for his humor, generosity, and the sense of community he fostered among those fortunate enough to know him. His legacy extends beyond the fields he cultivated; it lives on in the memories of family, friends, and neighbors who were touched by his warm, genuine spirit. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the fields of green that were his life's work and passion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 2, 2024 at 10 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church, 300 Mendenhall Lane, Benton, with Father Andrew St. Hilaire as Celebrant. A viewing will be held Thursday, February 1 from 5-7 PM at the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc. 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton. The McMichael Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the Verbyla family.
For online condolences or for additional information, please visit our website: www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com