Luke Francis Koon Nam Ginther

April 9, 1977 – April 30, 2011

Luke Ginther was born April 9, 1977 in Seoul, South Korea and adopted by Charles and Patti Ginther in December, 1979. They brought this tiny, hungry child to Bremerton, Washington where he lived with his brother Matthew and younger sister, Heather, till he was fifteen—when he came to Canada, moving in with the Geiers in Rosswood. Luke got used to packing firewood and buckets of water, pounding nails, running power saw, and climbing mountains with his cousins.

He contributed to the sports and music scenes in Terrace where he graduated from Caledonia Secondary. Leaving Canada at eighteen was not his choice, and when Immigration allowed his return (after becoming a journeyman carpenter and taking additional schooling in drafting and structural design) he came to Terrace to stay. He was active in snowboarding, soccer, and hockey. Though seldom talkative, he loved being in the presence of good conversation and laughter among friends and family. He loved sports and music, playing violin, guitar, and horn. Luke set high standards.

Everything he did was done with care and precision. This is obvious in the house he designed and was working on with Lana and her husband, Clarke. This project came to a halt as work became increasingly difficult for Luke. Liver cancer rapidly took over his life and stole him away from all of us who cared about him. Luke is survived by his large, extended family—Bill and Betty Geier, their children, Robert, Keith, Lana, Wilf, and Paul—as well as May and Glenn Geier who were grandparents to him.

Luke also cared about his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. To many, Luke seemed guarded. It might have surprised them to see how happy and loving he was with his infant nieces and nephew in his arms—taking such sweet, gentle pleasure in caring for the little ones. It has been said that home is where the heart is. Having a home was not a simple fact of life for Luke. His heart took us in, and it is hard for us to let him go.


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