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James A. "Jim" Lutter, 60, died Oct. 16th in the Cascade Mountains near Cottage Grove, Oregon, while enjoying what he loved to do most... motorcycling. Jim was born in Waukegan and graduated dental school from Marquette University in Wisconsin. Jim later moved to the "Big Island" of Hawaii, setting up offices in Hilo and Waimea, specializing in children's dentistry. As Jim loved flying, "02 Tango" would often travel between the two offices in his Piper Arrow. Jim eventually built a house in the hills of Waimea with a panoramic view of Mauna Kea, which he enjoyed with his "best friend" Smokey, his English Cocker Spaniel. When Jim moved to Oregon, he settled in the outskirts of Medford where he continued to enjoy the country life. As Jim's passion for traveling got the best of him, from Medford he took numerous site seeing trips to China, several motorcycling trips to Australia and New Zealand, and he continuously explored the country on his motorcycle(s). Jim had so many interests and hobbies. To name a few, in his younger years- Jim played tennis and the drums. Jim would immerse himself in music and reading, and enjoyed fishing. But it was Jim's love of nature, that truly showed no bounds. This was undoubtedly due to the summers spent during his childhood, at his grandparent's remote and absolutely beautiful 101 acre resort on Harris Lake, in the northern woods of Wisconsin. Jim will always be remembered for his sense of humor, which helped him thru times when he was hurting, but more importantly to him, it made those around him smile. Like his father before him, Jim left an incredible legacy of kindness, gentleness and thoughtfulness, touching the lives of all who knew him. Above all else, Jim was a "gentle man." Jim was preceded in death by his beloved father Roger, and Smokey. Jim is survived by his mother Gerry, sister Cindy, niece Summer, great grand-nephew Drake (all of Las Vegas), his sister Marilyn who resides in Torrance, Calif., his adopted cats Bobbie & Sammie... and his relatives and many friends throughout the country and the world. We will not let the circle be broken...'til we meet on the other shore. You will be missed...we love you Jim...aloha!
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 10, 2013
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