Luke E. McKenna
October 24, 1976 – February 18, 2023
Beloved father, son, brother, partner, and friend. Preceded in death by father, Edward McKenna; maternal grandmother, Patricia Anthone; paternal grandparents, Edward and Mary McKenna. Survived by his children: Tiffany Rizzo, Eliana McKenna, Graysen McKenna, Calla Lily McKenna; significant other, Shee Covarrubias; mother, Mary Jo McKenna; siblings: Sean and Desiree McKenna, Jeanne Batchelder, Matthew, and Yalitza McKenna; other relatives, and many friends.
VISITATION: Sunday, February 26th, from 5pm-7pm at the West Center Chapel.
Family Graveside Service: Monday, Feb. 27th at 9am at Omaha National Cemetery. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Monday, February 27th, 11am, West Center Chapel, followed by a luncheon at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested for the education of the McKenna children.
Luke McKenna was born October 24, 1976, in Omaha, NE, to Ed and Mary Jo McKenna. He was the third of four children in the family. He grew up in Omaha with his brothers Matt and Sean, and his sister Jeanne. In 2006 he married Gina Hansen, and they had two children, Eliana and Graysen. Despite eventually divorcing, they remained friends and loved their daughters immensely.
After high school, Luke joined the United States Navy, and this gave him the opportunity to not only serve his country, but he was also able to travel and see many parts of the world.
He made several friends during his service whom he had contact with even after he left the Navy. He was very proud of his time in service and would speak about things he did and saw while he was serving.
When he left the Navy, he moved back home to Omaha. He went to work with his childhood friend Chad working in construction. He was a hard worker, ensuring he was always busy and able to care for his family. Family was so incredibly important to Luke. He was there for anyone in the family that needed him, whenever they needed him. He was truly selfless in the way he cared for those he loved.
In his late 30s, Luke reconnected with an old girlfriend and rekindled their relationship. While there was never a plan to have any more children, in May of 2017, they were blessed with what would be their last child, Calla Lily. She brought a new spark to Luke’s life that he didn’t know he needed.
Luke never met a stranger. He could and often did talk to pretty much anyone he was around. If you knew Luke, you knew he was the quintessential jokester. He had an incredibly infectious laugh that, even in your worst moments, could make you smile and laugh right along with him. Music of all kinds was something that was almost in his blood. He would always share with those he loved new music that he found that struck a chord with him.
The relationship he had with his daughters was one to be admired. His intense love for all his girls was something that you could see in each and every interaction he had with them. His children all have little bits of him in them, from their sense of humor to their kindness and loving nature. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.
In fashion true to him, Luke fought stage 4 colon cancer with every bit of his might. Sadly he succumbed to the disease on February 18, 2023. He was surrounded by his family and children, just as he had wanted.