Russell F. ""Bud"" Lutes, 78, Seymour, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Highlands Regional Hospital, Sebring, Fla.
Russell was a member of Seymour First Church of the Nazarene. He had retired from Arvin Industries, where he had worked in the engineering department. He was a U.S. Air Force
veteran, discharged in January 1956. He was active for many years in the Emmaus Community, having served on 25 Walks for Emmaus and Chrysalis. He enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends Friday nights in Seymour and in Sebring, Fla. He loved his extended family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He carried a photo of all the grandkids and insisted on showing that photo to everyone, even the waitresses.
Born Dec. 27, 1933, in LaSalle County, Ill., he was the only son of Russell and Lois A. (Taylor) Lutes. He married Peggy Long; and she preceded him in death April 5, 1990. On Feb. 15, 1992, he married Helen (Thompson) Sipes, who survives.
Other survivors include children, Jill (Neal) Krumme, Pam (Brian) Acton, David (Annette) Lutes and Daniel (Linda) Lutes; stepchildren, Julie (Don) Moyer and Brad (Kate) Sipes; grandchildren, Melanie (Brian) Snow, Sonya
(Eddie) Nguyen, Chase and
Taylor Acton, Sterling, Abby, Sophie and Dawson Lutes, and Rachel, Megan and Sarah Lutes; stepgrandchildren, Austin and Delaney Moyer and Luke and Spencer Sipes; great-grandchildren, Titus, Elisabeth, Elijah, Katharine and Susannah Snow; sister, Wilma Dean Wright; and aunt, Betty Empson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a sister, Mary Lee Lucas.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home, Brownstown, with Pastor Steve Greene officiating. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, with military rites to be conducted at the grave.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the
or Seymour First Church of the Nazarene in Bud Lutes' memory.