Luka Thomas Hertling (born August 3, 2004) passed away peacefully while sleeping on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Littleton, Colorado.
He is survived by his father, Jason Hertling and his sister Ella Hertling. He joins his mother, Riikka Hertling (40) (née Lipsanen) who left this earth in 2013 due to a courageous fight with cancer. Luka’s uncle, Justin Hertling (42) also left this earth in 2016. Additionally, his surviving family reside both in the United States and Finland. Grandparents Barb Hertling (O’Fallon, Missouri), and Asko and Sinikka Lipsanen (Kerava, Finland). His aunts and uncles are Jessica and Tom Anderson (O’Fallon, Missouri) and Laura and Mikko Lipsanen (Helsinki, Finland) and cousins Brooke and Tate Anderson and Anni and Otso Lipsanen.
Luka was a very creative and thoughtful person with a passion for helping others, a continual thirst for knowledge and dreaming of the future. These traits really made Luka the wonderful man he was and luckily he was able to spend his time on his passions.
He loved to draw and paint, often being found in a quiet place focused only on the picture in front of him.
He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was working towards his Eagle Scout award. He volunteered for several different organizations to gain experience in life including the food bank, animal rescue and other scouting events.
He was passionate about reading and history with his favorite being World War I and II. Luka watched all of the historical documentaries he could find with his family.
He was an avid fan of airplanes which resulted in his lifelong dream to fly airplanes. He was able to experience flying in small cessna's over the years and was even allowed to fly the plane. He visited many airplane museums over the years.
He loved spending both the summers and winters in the mountains, getting as much time on the snowboard as possible.
He was a true dreamer and a wonderful person. He has touched a significant number of people in this world and will be missed by his loved ones and all who knew him.
Services will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:00 at Seven Stones, 9635 North Rampart Range Road, Littleton, CO 80125. This service will be outdoors and we welcome everyone who wants to remember Luka. Bring a lawn chair and come with a story to share. There will be a reception following the service at Mountainview Christian Church at 5:30 and located at 40 East Highlands Ranch Parkway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.
In lieu of flowers, there is a Luka Hertling Memorial Fund. This fund will support teenagers who are grieving and working on their mental health.