Winger - Nash Aleczander Lucken-Bak, age 2, of the Lucken Farm in Winger, the son of Lori Lucken and Steven Bak, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 29, 2014, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., in the arms of his mom. Nash was born on April 5, 2012 at Thief River Falls.
The life of Nash Lucken-Bak was celebrated at a funeral service held at the Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine, on Sunday, May 4, with Rev. Tim Lundeen, officiating. Interment was held at the Grace Lutheran Cemetery at Erskine.
At 6 weeks of age, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare and severe hemolytic blood disorder, for which there is no cure. The fact that his body was rejecting his own blood meant that he had to have frequent blood transfusions from that time forward.
Nash was never happier than when he could spend time on the farm, playing with his sister, brother, and cousins. Every morning he woke up with a big smile and played his little heart all day long. He never knew how ill he was or whether this day would be his last; he only knew that some days he didn’t feel as well as other days. Hospital visits and stays for treatment were a big part of Nash’s short life.
In January of 2013, while at the Amplatz Experimental Unit of the Childrens Hospital at the University of Minnesota, he received a surprise visit from some of the Minnesota Vikings players. Mom and Dad got a photo of center John Sullivan holding him…. Nash loved it! On March 10th of this year he was featured on the Grand Forks WDAZ newscast titled “Heroes Among Us.” Highlighted were the trials that Nash, his family, and caregivers dealt with each and every day, and was a very moving piece.
Recently, stays at Sanford Hospital in Fargo were becoming increasingly more frequent. While some of his treatments and needle sticks were quite painful he always had a smile for those doing the sticking, and of course a “high five.”
Every morning the “mayor of Sanford” would make his rounds saying hi to the boys and girls he shared the floor with, and bringing greetings and hugs to the doctors, nurses, and staff on duty. He loved them all as much as they fell in love with him. Nash touched so many lives in his short time on this earth. His family asks for your continued prayers and support as they slowly heal, while always remembering.
Nash leaves his mother, Lori Lucken, and father, Steven Bak, both of Winger; siblings, Nevaeh Hope (age 7), Niles Steven (age 3), and Noah Nazareth (age 6 months); a stepsister, Samantha Cerise Collette of Fargo, N.D.; two stepbrothers, Alex Earl Collette of Erskine, and Austin Jerry Wang of Mahnomen; grandparents, Earl and Lila Lucken of Winger and Steve and Linda Evenson of Erskine; and great-grandmother, Kate Simonson of Mentor. Nash is also survived by several aunts and uncles to include: Terry, Jeff and Donna, John, Kelly and Marc, Stacy, Lonnie, Scott and Rachel, and Jennifer and Brett; his cousins: Meleah, Brandon, Nathan, Kelcie, Mikayla, Tanika, Casey, McKenzie, Dominic, Josh, Abby, and Dustin; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, and “millions” of friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Bak; great-grandparents: John and Ocie Simonson, Myron and Lennie Lucken, Earl Simonson, and Joe and Joyce Bak; and an angel in waiting, Max Arthur Mashburn, who died on Dec. 15, 2010. Blessed be the memory of Nash Aleczander Lucken-Bak.
The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home of Crookston is assisting with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you remember Nash with balloons or gifts in his honor to the Children’s Miracle Network. They also hope that you will continue to be blood donors because the need is so great.
An online registry is available at www.stenshoelhouske.com.