Lucas Carnahan


Lucas James Carnahan, 25, Defiance, died as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Sunday, January 26, 2014, near Defiance.

He was born January 6, 1989, in Paulding, Ohio, the son of Jerry and Pauline (Manz) Carnahan. He was engaged to be married this summer to Constance Gray, who also died as the result of the accident. He was employed as a mechanic by Kennfeld Group, Archbold, and attended Junction Apostolic Christian Church and Rose Hill Church of God. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and any outdoor activity.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Pauline Carnahan of Derby, Kansas; his paternal grandmother, Bernice "Buzz" Carnahan, Paulding; two brothers, Jason (Danielle) Carnahan of Paulding and Nathan (Melissa) Carnahan, Andover, Kansas; two sisters, Liza (Chris) Scanland, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Katie (fiancé, Joshua Womack) Carnahan, Derby, Kan.; and nieces, Lakin, Addison, Madeline, Taylor, Destiny, Kelsey, Kaylen and Abbie; and nephews, Owen, Coby, Caleb and Gavin.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Pete Carnahan; and maternal grandparents, Adam and Katie (Steffen) Manz.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2014, at the Junction Apostolic Christian Church with church clergymen officiating. Burial will follow in the Junction Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Apostolic Christian World Relief. Online condolences may be sent to

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  • Jerry, Pauline, Jason, Danielle, Nate, Melissa, Liza, Chris, Katie, Josh, and all respective children:  Just want you to know that there are many, many people thinking about each of you and many people praying for you during this extremely difficult time and especially over the next 2 days.  Some of us have been through what you're going through and some of us have not.  No one can understand your unique sorrow, stress and heartache individually like you can - only God.  My hope is that you will each cry to God knowing that only He can truly be your comfort for some things and that you will each try to remember that only when you've gone through something like this, can you truly be an understanding heart to someone down the road that might need you. Thoughts and prayers for each of you.

  • My thoughts & prayers to the family. My heart aches for you, but he is now God's angel! Diana BUERKLE Snyder

  • Jerry, Pauline, Katie, and all families touched by this tragedy-

    Sarah and I are so very sorry for your loss.  We'll always remember Luke's smile, and are honored that we had a chance to know and work with him.  Your family is very important to our family, and we're here for all of you in the days/months/years ahead.

    With our love,

    Scott & Sarah