PEORIA - Wendell "John" Lutes, 75, of Peoria passed away at 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
John was born Jan. 2, 1938, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Ralph and Rita (Salb) Lutes. He married Virginia Miller in Sandusky, Ohio, on May 7, 1966. She survives, along with several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He worked as a respiratory therapist at OSF Saint Francis Hospital and Proctor Hospital before retiring.
John graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Ohio State University.
He was a master chess player.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria, where a memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, with the Rev. Stephen Barnes officiating. There will be no visitation. Cremation has been accorded.
Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church or to the donor's choice.