Lucas J. Dowell, February 8, 1983 - August 1, 2018

Lucas J. Dowell
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Lucas Dowell, 35, of Eau Claire, died peacefully on August 1, 2018, at the family home of Jennifer and Ken Blietz in New Richmond, WI, with his family at his side. Luke is finally at peace after a 20 year battle with Huntington’s Disease.  He will remain in our hearts and minds forever.

Luke, son of John and Vicki Dowell, was born on February 8, 1983, in Eau Claire.  He attended school in the Eau Claire School District prior to juvenile onset of Huntington’s disease as a teenager.  The debilitating symptoms of HD drastically affected Luke physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ultimately, it cost him his precious independence and a future that was once filled with hopes and dreams.

From an early age, Luke had a love of sports.  Baseball was his first love where he won the Hit, Run, and Throw Contest numerous times. In Little League he had a reputation for throwing the ball as fast as anyone in the city.  He loved playing travel hockey and being a part of his hockey family. 

Luke enjoyed time spent at the cabin on Lake Holcombe fishing and tubing with his brother. He especially loved time spent around the campfire where his infectious laugh could be heard and appreciated by family and friends.

He took pride in watching over his younger brother and his friends, who knew they could always look to him for guidance.

Luke will be remembered for his determination and interminable drive shared with his sensitivity and compassion for others. His easy going and fun-loving spirit was pervasive in his healthy years.  Those traits were replaced with stubbornness and a willingness to endure all that HD took from him without complaint as the disease progressed.

Luke is survived by his mother Vicki, brother Jake (Carly), niece Ellie, and nephew Henry. Luke is joined in heaven with his father John who also died of Huntington’s disease.

We would like to thank Jennifer Blietz for her willingness to move Luke into her home when he needed intensive care.  Jennifer was Luke’s angel here on earth. He spent nearly three years with her and husband Ken in New Richmond. Jennifer’s love and endless care extended Luke’s life beyond expectations, and words cannot express our gratitude.  Jennifer was the only person who could make Luke laugh!

Thank you to the nurses at Interim Healthcare Hospice in New Richmond, WI, for their kind and supportive care for Luke when the end was near.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) in Luke’s name.

Visitation will take place at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1804 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 on Thursday evening, August 16, 2018, from 4-7 pm and again Friday morning at the church an hour prior to the service. Memorial services will take place at 10:30 am on Friday, August 17, 2018, at St. John's Lutheran Church with Pastor Christine Emerson officiating.  Inurment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire at a later date.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Mitch Patri August 22, 2018

    My sympathies to the family, I played football with John at UW-Eau Claire and attended the benefit for John at the golf course. My prayers are extended to the family as we can join in faith knowing the suffering is over and father and son are reunited in joy and well being with our Savior for eternity!

  2. Sheila Malec August 18, 2018

    I just heard about Luke. Such a loss! My sympathies Vickie. I enjoyed his company!

  3. Linda Brenner August 16, 2018

    Vicki: so sorry to hear of Luke’s passing! You take care!

  4. Carol and Tom Airis August 16, 2018

    Dear Vicki, Jake and family. We are so saddened to hear of your loss and the void you are feeling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish we could extend our sentiments in person but we are in Colorado as kristie just gave birth to her first child last night. Hugs. Tom and Carol

  5. Linda Jacobs August 15, 2018

    Vickie and Jake,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your son and brother Luke. Thank you for sharing all of Luke's wonderful qualities. He found the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. That's the definition of a hero. We wish for peace and happiness for you and your family in all the years to come.

    Love, Jim, Linda, Matt, and Travis Jacobs

  6. Brian Menard August 14, 2018

    I was saddened to hear the news of Luke’s passing. I remember Luke as a silly and competitive kid growing up. He also had a toughness that was unmatched. He was one of the skinniest kids on the football field but could hit like a truck. I hope Vikki and Jake can find peace knowing that his battle is over and that he is happy in heaven.

  7. Sondra Moylan August 13, 2018

    Although you don't know me, I just wanted to send my deepest sympathy and hugs. HD is the worst thing that can happen to anyone, especially a child. There are so many of us in the HD community who cry each time we hear of another angel getting their wings.

  8. Jackie Reynolds August 13, 2018

    My son Jake and I had the opportunity to meet your loving family at a Wisconsin HD Conference. Even with this horrible disease it amazing the gifts we receive from our loved ones who are dealing with HD. They give us the gifts on love, compassion, kindness and courage even in the darkest of days. Our sympathies to all who had the good fortune of being a part of Lucas's life. The Charlie Reynolds Family.

  9. Ruth Wallace August 12, 2018

    Dear Vicki and Jake,

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your bereavement.

    May you all be surrounded with peace and understanding.

    With love,
    John and Ruth Wallace family

  10. Jennifer Blietz August 12, 2018

    Luke was such a blessing I am so very grateful that God brought us together. I am happy that I was apart of taking him home to heaven. I will miss Luke [ my gentle giant]. Love Jennifer and Ken.

  11. Karen Kirchner August 8, 2018

    Vicki, Jake and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.

  12. Chris and Sue Poss August 3, 2018

    Vicki, Jake and family,
    We’re so sorry for your loss of Luke, we are thinking of you and sending love.
    Luke is Resting Peacefuly, we wish you Peace and Comfort in your days ahead.

  13. Pat Harvey August 3, 2018

    I am so sorry to all of you for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.