Obituary: Harold Lucas

Posted at 12:37 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 14:37:01-04

Harold Lucas, 90, of Manhattan, Montana, passed away September 19, 2020 due to Congestive Heart Failure. He was born on July 21,1930 in Bozeman, Montana to Jake and Hattie (Ungersma) Lucas. He was the youngest of five children, and the last to join the family in heaven. Harold was born with Cerebral Palsy and had Rheumatic Fever at age three. These conditions resulted in vision and learning impairment. Harold attended Armstrong School for six years and also a school in Helena where he studied Independent Living.

As a young child, Harold lived on a farm on the top of Vincent Road. He would later enjoy taking rides with family to see that farm, with buildings still intact. During his years growing up on a farm in Camp Creek, Harold contributed to the farm chores by driving tractor to harrow and rake hay, and by tending to the animals. He remained very interested in the progress of the crops within the local community.

The family later moved to a home on Churchill Road. Harold helped with household chores and gardening and mowed the lawn with the rider mower. He collected and trimmed Campbell’s soup labels to raise money for Manhattan Christian School. For many years he helped fill grocery orders for Amsterdam Store and delivered them to the Churchill Retirement Home. He became a resident of that home for his last 13 years.

Harold was a lifetime member of Manhattan Christian Reformed Church and was involved in the Friendship Club there. He routinely led the family in prayer at mealtime.

Harold was lovingly cared for most of his life by his oldest sister, Jessie. Though he depended on her for many things, he was equally helpful to her in many household duties. He was very organized, and everything had to be in its proper place. Harold loved to joke around and laugh at stories.

Harold loved his 14 nieces and nephews as if they were his own children. When they would come to visit, Harold would say, “I have a job for you.” Harold had several caring friends and cousins in his community who supported him.

Visitation will be held at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service on Friday, September 25, 2020, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. Graveside services will follow at Hills Cemetery at 1:00 P.M., with a Memorial Service at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church in Churchill at 2:00 P.M. To view the live service, please visit

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Love Fund at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, 7950 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, MT 59741.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. []