Koops Funeral Chapel


Lucas John Holtforth

17 April, 200129 December, 2020

Lucas Holtforth,19, of Lake Odessa passed suddenly on December 29, 2020. Lucas was born on April 17, 2001 in Lansing to John and Melissa Holtforth. Graduate of Saranac High School where he belonged to the Track and Football teams. Lucas signed up for the Marines at the age of seventeen and went into active duty after graduation. He will be dearly missed by: his parents John and Melissa, sister Sydney, grandmother Rose Sporman, uncle Maurice (Mary) Taverna, Uncle Mark (Jennifer) Sporman, Aunt Sharon (Terry) Yarbarough, Aunt Paula Holtforth, cousins: Hannah, Matt, Marissa, Mike, Megan, Mark, Logan, Noah, Kyle, Autumn and Summer. Lucas was preceded in death by: grandparents Glen and Jo Holtforth, Fred Sporman. Visitation is planned for Sunday, January 10th from 2pm until 4pm with Rosary at 3:30pm at St. Edwards Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass is being planned for Monday, January 11, 2020, 11am at St Edwards Catholic Church in Lake Odessa, MI. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery, Lake Odessa MI following the Mass.


Lucas John Holtforth

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John Holtforth

31 January 2021

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Melissa Reigler

10 January 2021

John , Melissa and Sydney,
I couldn't let this chance pass to tell you that I've been praying for you all since hearing of Lucas. I remember Lucas most for the genuine respect that he had for all around him. I remember him as altar server at St Edwards (since I grew up alter serving I always tended to notice those serving) I could see that Lucas had a real love and dedication to our Lord! I remember him being very sure to reach out for the sign of peace to everyone within reach...determined to not miss anyone...that really spoke to me and helped me to know Lucas as someone who cared deeply for others.
I cannot imagine the pain you all are in but my prayer continues to be that God will keep you all in His loving embrace and you will know He is there with you.
Peace be with you, Melissa Reigler

Dirk, Dee and Brendan Gardner

10 January 2021

We have been blessed to be neighbors with the Holtforth family for nearly 25 years. Many of those years with memories of our kids playing and growing up together. Lucas was always so happy, smiling constantly, and a refreshing burst of energy. He was so very kind, polite, and loving. We are all so very thankful to have known such a wonderful life, of who he was. He and my son had many years of AYSO soccer together, and even the experience of winning the championship together.

It’s so hard to put into words how deeply we are grieving for this family, it’s our hope they read all of these shared condolences and know they are not alone. That they feel the love of a community come around them, and that God is closer than they know, holding them close in this great time of heartache.

Gone to soon, but NEVER forgotten. His life is now in every memory, so talk about him often, smile when you remember his smile and his spirit. For in our hearts and in those memories he is very much alive, and that is how he lives on.

Thank you Luke for your heart of service for our country, Rest in
Peace, we will miss you greatly. Not goodbye, just til we meet again.❤️

With Love, Prayers; and Deep Sympathy,

The Gardner’s
Dirk, Dee, and Brendan

Dakota Lillie

8 January 2021

I remember being in boot camp with Lucas and he would sit down with myself and two other buddies and we would pray for every one of our families and each other. Not only did all of us grow closer as friends due to praying every night before bed together but we grew closer with our faith in the Lord. I’ll never forget the way he could get a laugh out of anyone around and motivate everyone to his left and his right.

Sherry & Frank Agostineli

7 January 2021

Dearest John, Melissa & Syd,
Frank & I are praying for you and everyone that had the joy & privilege of knowing "Luke" as Frank called him. Luke would get that grin on his face that was like, they knew of an inside joke.
Frank & Luke joked a lot over the 4 years Frank enjoyed being Luke's High School Faith Formation Teacher. Sharing who God is & "Yes, He exists! " was often the topic. We share in your loss - deeply and beyond words. Please find comfort in knowing that Luke did know the Lord. Yes, it was too soon, but our God is indeed merciful, a loving counselor, who will restore our deepest pain should we dare to only bring it to Him -AND restore Lucas who is now in His loving embrace - until we join them both, may you find comfort and healing in the Father's arms and all those who reach out to you in Christ.
Rest at last, in PEACE Luke. See you on the other side,
Frank & Sherry Agostinelli of St. Edwards Church Family

mary chestnut

6 January 2021

Thinking of you in this time of sorrow. You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Mary Chestnut

Tami Pelham

6 January 2021

John and Melissa, I'm very sorry to hear of Lucas passing. It was a pleasure watching him run up the sidewalk to school. His smile was always bright and ready for adventure. Mrs Bite also sends her condolences. We are praying for each of you.

Ann Cariano Acker

6 January 2021

I had the great honor of knowing Lucas as his dental hygienist from his very first appointment when he was 4 years old until he joined the marines. What a wonderful young man and always with a smile on his face. I always enjoyed our visits and his updates. He shared with me his deep commitment to serve his country as a Marine. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to His parents and sweet sister Sydney❤️

Dawn & Scott Brinningstaull

6 January 2021

Lucas always had a smile on his face. There isn’t a time I can recall that he wasn’t enjoying himself—cracking jokes and warming the hearts of so many. He was such a great person. Syd and him were very creative and really entertained us as they were growing up. Lucas will be missed. Thank you for your service young man. May you now Rest In Peace and watch over those you love. God bless this family and guide them through this sorrow.

Dawn Hughs

6 January 2021

I have always felt so honored to have been able to spend weekdays with sweet Sydney Rose and Lucas John starting when they were just 2 months old. Words can not express the love that I have for this family.

I have so many fun memories. From 7am breakfasts, rolling over, Sydney crawling, Lucas scooching, strolling, walking, swimming, reading, playing, snuggling, teaching, learning, and even spectating my own kids after school sporting events. To snowmen, warm coco and movies on snow days, and church on Sundays. Lucas was such a happy-go-lucky super sweet little boy.

From afar my heart is broken and all the pieces go out to Lucas’s beautiful family and friends.

Love, prayers, and memories forever,

From the Family