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Semper Fi Dusty - We will Always Love You!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska

Who is your memory of this Memorial Weekend?

Mine is Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz.

Last week I mentioned a name of a family member we lost serving our country in a different blog and mentioned then that it was a story for another day.

It has been 9 years and 12 days since that day happened in Nepal while piloting a helicopter high in the Mountains after a terrible earthquake.

It was on my wife's Birthday. I knew it was his chopper as soon as they mentioned one missing as I had felt very wierd all day.

His Grandpa told me he had a wierd feeling all day as well. He was so close to Dusty...more like a son than a grandson.

His Grandpa Teddy is closing in on 89 Lukasiewicz 4 gen photo 2014and was planting corn earlier this week.

I went back in the AR archives and reviewed what I wrote back then and of the few comments...only 2 people are still active in regards to reading and commenting on my blogs. Hannah Williams and Joan Cox.

My last words to Hannah still ring true today!!

Here are my comments to both of them back then.


Hi Joan Cox   Thank you for your kind words.  We finally will have Dusty back with the family as his remains are scheduled to be flown into Offutt Air Base in Omaha on Monday, June 1.  We will have services for family on Friday and for the hundreds who want to say goodbye on Saturday, June 6...  His wishes were to be laid to rest on the hill overlooking farm ground in Rural Farwell, NE

His family is very strong and will weather this storm...but danggit...I see all of these trouble makers and we lose this great one.  I am frustrated to say the least.


Hi Hannah Williams   It was an emotional month.  Thank you for your kind words.

We lost Dusty on May 12th...on my wife's birthday (his cousin)...

Dusty's remains were flown to Dover Airbase from Nepal on May 23rd...my daughter's birthday.  We laid Dusty to rest on June 6th joined by a thousand people. 

On June 10th his son, Dustin Mark, was born here in Kearney. 

June 14th was my birthday and June 17th was Dusty's 30th birthday.  He was twice the man at 29 than I am at 62. 

We had plans to acquire more farms...now we have to figure out how to keep the one since he had bought it using a first time farmers program.

But if I have to hock everything I own...I will make sure that Ashley comes out okay...    Hug those you love...if not in person...then in thought and prayer!!


Update to today...May 24, 2023

The farm is still in the family.  Ashley has a wonderful new man in her life but cannot marry him or she will lose all the benefits for the kids who are now 11 and 9.  SHe is heavily involved in the Gold Star program and continues to talk on a local and national basis being a voice for the families that lose a loved one in the line of duty and after.

Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz - Mike McCann photo rights

Dusty is laid to rest in Farwell, NE high on a hill. Within about 150 feet where I will be laid to rest someday.  That way we both can watch the corn and alfalfa grow!

St Anthonys Cemetary Farwell NE

Until Next Time...Honor Those you Love and respect those you do not.

Have a safe and honorable weekend! Mike


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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mike, my heart goes out to you and your family!    It is sad when our young men and women are taken from us while serving our Country for US!   I salute Dusty!

May 24, 2024 10:33 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A nice post to hoor a family member. Nice that you are working to keep his legacy going for his family.

May 24, 2024 06:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mike- I am choked up reading your post and thinking of Dusty.  I am glad that Ashley and the children are doing well. Larry and I visit the Fallen Warriors Memorial here once a week to pay our respects. We'll be there on Monday. 

May 24, 2024 06:24 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Robyn and I stopped on 5-24-24 to pay our respects to Dusty and all of the relatives we have laid to rest in this small cemetary.  What a beautiful evening it was...

May 24, 2024 09:00 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I did read about Dusty (online) last week when you mentioned him. I am so happy to hear the farm is still in the family, and Ashley and the children are doing well. Thank you for sharing your memories on Memorial Day weekend.

May 25, 2024 05:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Mike. Not sure I was following you when you first posted about Dusty... so I missed that post. This morning, you brought tears to my eyes. While we want to honor those whom we have lost, it's still very sad when they are lost and the sadness never totally goes away.

May 25, 2024 05:51 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I'm so sorry for your family's loss.  Dusty sounds like a wonderful person, father, son, grandson, husband and father.  I'm very glad to read that the farm is still in the family and that Ashley has someone in her life, even though she can't marry.  What a legacy.  All the best to you and your family.  

May 25, 2024 07:12 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

There are really no words to express how beautiful yet bittersweet this tribute to Duffy, Ashly and his children is. His bravery and ultimate sacrifice is what we all need to honor on this weekend and every day. Thank you for sharing. 

May 26, 2024 01:23 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Thank you all for your kind words.  May you and yours have a safe Memorial Day tomorrow. Mike

May 26, 2024 07:30 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife's uncle served in the Army in Vietnam. He never returned from his second tour. We alway think of him on Memorial Day.

May 27, 2024 07:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a touching post for this Memorial Day - I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad to hear Ashley is doing well and has someone in her life even if she can't marry, and that the farm is still in her hands. Best wishes for the future!


May 27, 2024 05:30 PM