North Vernon

Lucas Christopher “Luke” Newton, 34, of North Vernon, formerly of Columbus, died unexpectedly at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015,  at St. Vincent Hospital-Jennings of North Vernon.

Born in Bluffton on July 27, 1981, Luke was the son of JaNelle Crider Houser and Robert Newton. Luke was a 1999 graduate of Columbus East High School. He loved video gaming, writing and playing music for many instruments and was a Star Wars and Batman buff.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, with a Celebration of Luke’s life at 6 p.m. at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th St., lead by the Rev. David Crider.

Survivors include his mother, JaNelle (Jonathon) Houser of Anderson; his father, Robert (Guadalupe) Newton of North Vernon; sister, April Spires of Columbus; fiancé, Autumn Temple of North Vernon; daughter, Lillian Newton; son Alexander Temple; and step-son, Ezekiel Pierce, all of North Vernon; maternal and paternal grandparents, Rev. Dave (Carol) Crider of Bluffton and Robert (Minnie) Newton of Columbus; nephews, Maison Spires and Jacob Burton of Columbus.

Luke was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal great-grandparents.

Memorial contributions for Luke may be sent to the donor’s choice of any animal rescue groups. Online condolences may be sent to Luke’s family at