William C. Luttrell(1931 - 2013)

The Rev. William C. Luttrell, 81, Washington, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Washington. Bill, son of the late William Luttrell and wife Ruth, nee Seamon, was born May 10, 1931, in Washington.

Bill attended school in the Washington school district. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years, serving in the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Esther E. Ridenhour on Nov. 5, 1952. Four children were born to this union; Robin, Rhonda, Tammy and Link.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; father- and mother-in-law, Oscar and Verlee Ridenhour; brother, Jack Luttrell; four sisters, Wilma "Sissy" Wellenkamp, Henrietta Koch, Junie Mae Mueller and Velma Brinker; and six brothers-in-law, Bernard Brinker, Henry Wellenkamp, Ray Koch, Jim Wisecarver, Carl Hoppe and Edward Young.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Robin Lynn Randolph and husband Dennis, Beaufort, Rhonda Kay Branch and husband Warren, Washington, and Tammera Rene Archer and husband Michael, Blytheville, Ark.; son, Link W. Luttrell and wife Carrie, Festus; three sisters, Mary Lee Scheer and husband Kenny, Linda Hoppe, and Bonnie Jean Wisecarver, all of Washington; siblings-in-law, Ida Runge and husband Edwin, Belle, Ellen Young, Moselle, Marion Ridenhour and wife Linda , Jefferson City, Ramona Welsh, and Bobby Mueller, both of Washington; six grandchildren, Kim Pellin and husband Jason, Washington, Brittany Nichole Branch, Washington, Heather Heller and husband Jake, Union, Chad Randolph, Beaufort, Alex Karscig, and Reid Karscig, both of Festus; and four great-grandchildren, Aiden, Reese and Melaina Pellin, Washington, and Avery Heller, Union; other relatives and friends.

Bill entered the ministry full time in 1973, serving 18 years at Braggadocio, Mo. He was the present pastor of Green Mound Baptist Church, St. Clair.

Bill had such joy about him, loved life and approached every day with a smile and gusto. He never met a stranger and loved to have conversations with everyone he met. He loved to sing and was a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also loved his family, his church and his friends. Perhaps he was most devoted to his wife, Esther. Many would say Bill took loving and devoted care of her because of her blindness and health issues. But he would tell you that it was an equal partnership, as Esther took many phone messages, prayed and supported Bill in every way she could.

Bill would tell you he was not a perfect man. He would tell you he wanted to live a life that pleased his Savior. The final message he would want to leave is this: Bill strove to serve our living Savior and because that Savior lives, we can face tomorrow and have victory in Jesus. Seek the Lord and remain faithful to Him. The best is yet to come. He is rejoicing with the Savior.

Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, Washington.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m.

at Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Doug Clinton officiating, and the Rev. James Plymale, the Rev. Paul Cannon and Pastor Fred Broome assisting. Burial followed at St. Peters Cemetery, Washington.

Memorial donations appreciated to Green Mound Baptist Church, St. Clair.

The Luttrell family was served by Miller Funeral Home, Washington.

Published in The Missourian on Feb. 6, 2013