Ronald M. Luther
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Ronald 'Lute' Martin Luther died Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lute passed away with his son at his side. He was born May 27, 1929 in Waverly, Iowa and grew up surrounded by his Mother, Grandmother, and Aunts during the depression years on a farm in Iowa. His father, a lineman engineer for the telephone company, died when Lute was 5 years old. His mother left the farm and moved to Minneapolis for employment in order to support herself and Lute. Lute learned skills of hard work, family, and 'can do' early in his life on this farm through his Mother and Grandmother's fortitude.
Ronald married Sonya Lund on September 7, 1952. They met in Rapid City, South Dakota while Lute served in the Air Force. They settled in Rapid City and started his career in sales. He sold insurance and wholesale liquor and traversed every corner of South Dakota many times over. He owned and operated a ski shop in the mid 60's for a time in Rapid City. Lute worked for many years for Northwest Bell selling advertising on the road before the Bell system split and transitioned to Qwest. His work in the Yellow Pages took him from Rapid City to Sioux Falls and Denver, Colorado. He was the consummate road warrior and was as happy to get home, as he was to go back out. He retired as a national director of Yellow Pages Publishing in 2004 and returned to Rapid City with his wife Sonya. Lute and Sonya enjoyed skiing, sailing, nature and friendships in a unique and powerful way that continues to affect his family. We miss them all every day.
Lute and Sonya's life was forever marked by the loss of their two children, Ronda and Brian, one tragic summer in 1979. Friends and family watched these two parents do their best in the years that followed. Lute's persona was always outwardly viewed with very creative expressions of self through art, food and environment. He was always a kind, authentic and creative person to those around him. He had great pride in Blake, his son- seeming to know he too could and would endure as well.
Lute requested that his remains be distributed to places of significance to himself and his family. Please consider contributions to the Boys and Girls Club of Rapid City or the National Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation in memory of his son Brian.
Lute is survived by his son and daughter-in-law (Blake and Brenda Luther) and his grandson (Mac Luther). He is preceded in death by his father (Otto Luther), his mother (Edna Gilmore Luther Blodget), his wife (Sonja), his daughter (Ronda) and his son (Brian).
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 5, 2013