William "Bill" Lutz

Lutz, William "Bill"
97, of Scottsdale Arizona passed away on May 31, 2013. Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by family. He was the 6th of 7 children, and was born to Joseph Anton and Lena Frances on October 24, 1915 in Mound City, Illinois. Growing up on the banks of the Ohio River, he lived through a dynamic time of boom and bust in the 1920's and 1930's. After graduating high school in 1933, he moved to Chicago where he worked in a variety of jobs, including performing as a lead singer (as Bill Hayes) with a variety of Big Bands. It was in Chicago that he met Rosemary Krips, his future wife and the love of his life. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and married Rosemary in 1942. During World War II, he served as a radio operator in the Signal Corps in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. He joined FBIS/CIA as a code operator/translator in 1946, and traveled the world until his retirement in 1973. He was versed in several languages. He enjoyed his job and travels, which included trips to South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. From 1957 to 1960, Bill and his family lived in Kyrenia, Cyprus during a foreign assignment. An avid reader, he pursued interests including space exploration, astronomy, solar energy and current world events. From A to Z, he had an insatiable curiosity about how things worked. His beloved, Rosemary, preceded him in death in 2004 and has been awaiting his arrival. Bill was a proud father to his three girls, Catherine Lutz (Silver Spring, MD), Mary Ann Andrews (Tempe, AZ) and Barbara Leutzinger (John) (Scottsdale, AZ). Bill cherished his 4 grandchildren, Christine Webb (Ronnie) (Las Vegas, NV), Laura Andrews (Los Angeles, CA), Hayley Leutzinger (Scottsdale, AZ) and Eric Leutzinger (Scottsdale, AZ) and enjoyed their frequent visits. Graveside service will be held Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street in Phoenix.

Published in The Arizona Republic on July 16, 2013