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Iowa man marries girlfriend a few hours before passing from liver cancer

WAVERLY, Iowa – Abraham Lincoln once said in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

That’s how you can remember 20-year-old Tristan Laue. He sadly died on April 27th, after a battle with a rare form of liver cancer. He joined the United States Army in July of 2016. 

He was medically discharged in April of 2018; he then attended UNI from 2018 to 2019. About five hours before he passed, he was able to fulfill his last wish.

He married his girlfriend, now Tianna Laue. She says, “He’s the love of my life, and even like talking to my mom and everything, she said some people don’t get what you two had in the amount of time, like they’ll be together for years and still not have the same connection that you guys did.”

Tristan proposed on Easter. A few days later, his family realized the wedding would need to be soon. In about 48 hours, the community came together so there could be a wedding ceremony in the family’s Waverly backyard.

Tianna says,”Make sure you tell people you love them because you never know when you won’t be able to.”

Tristan’s dad, Mitch Laue, said Tianna was his angel. Now, he can be hers.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4th at Crosspoint Church in Waverly. Tristan and Tianna also share a birthday, which is this upcoming Saturday on May 11th.

Finally, UNI also presented Tristan with a certificate for completion of his last semester. During the presentation, the university told Tristan, “Just the way you conduct and carry yourself. I was like wow this is officer material.”

A GoFundMe Page has been created by some of Tristan’s former classmates. It reads. “The class of 2016 mourns our beloved classmate Tristin Laue. We thought it would be a great opportunity to honor him with a memorial bench and his name on the Chickasaw Legacy Pathway. Give as little or as much as you’d like. All proceeds will be going directly to the memorial as well as any funds left over will be going to help his loved ones in any way they need! Help us remember a great Chickasaw who brought laughter and kindness to us all!”


Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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