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Joseph A. 'Joe' Lutes: 1950-2018

UTICA — Joseph A. “Joe” Lutes, 67, of rural Utica, died Sunday, March 25, at his residence.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville. The Rev. Karen Karczewski will officiate. Burial will be in Waltham Cemetery, Utica. There will be a presentation of the American flag honoring his military service in the United States Army. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel.
Joe was born Sept. 24, 1950, in Spring Valley, to Edwin and Bertha (Russell) Lutes, the second youngest of 17. He married Wilma Munson almost 40 years ago at Waltham Presbyterian Church.
Joe attended Illinois Valley Community College. He was drafted and served as a medic in the United States Army, then came home and was an EMT for McNabb Ambulance (now Putnam County Ambulance).
He was a steel worker at LTV, Hennepin for over 30 years. Joe worked for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources after the mill closed.
Joe enjoyed jogging, yard work and squirrel watching. He also loved to travel to visit his brothers and sisters all over the country. Joe loved his best buddy, Oliver Brown Dog.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Lutes, of Utica; one son, Evan Lutes, of Utica; two daughters, Sarah (Josh Seldal) Lutes, of DeKalb, and Jamie Lutes, of Peoria; seven sisters, Barbara Colwell, Mary Colwell, Sally (Don Rick) Reaska, Linda (Henry) Bates, Carol (Dean) Ehnle, Rosemary (Gary) Morris and June Underwood; five brothers, Donald (Maggie) Lutes, William (Linda) Lutes, Richard Lutes, Jim (Brenda) Lutes and Edwin (Pat) Lutes Jr.; and two grandchildren, Mia and Bree.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gloria Rehm and Blanche Smith; and two brothers, Ronnie and Bob.
Contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to his family at dcfunerals.com.
 
Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel
208 S. McCoy St., Granville, IL 61326
815-339-2231 dcfunerals.com

 

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