Derrick J.-Lutters-Obituary

Spc. Derrick J. Lutters

Burlington, Colorado


Burlington, Colorado


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As a high school wrestler, Derrick Joseph Lutters went up against a mentally retarded opponent and let him win. "He let the boy take him down, and when he did he patted him on the back to say 'good job,'" said his father, Chuck Lutters. "He got a standing ovation from the crowd and the coaches shook his hand." Derrick Lutters, 24, of Burlington, Colo., was killed May 1 when a suicide bomber attacked his vehicle south of Baghdad. He was based in Pittsburg, Kan. Lutters graduated from high school in 1999 and worked as a corrections officer in Burlington, about 15 miles west of the Kansas-Colorado border. He wanted to be a peacemaker and saw his deployment to Iraq as a way to fulfill that role. But the war was starting to wear on him. "The last few times, you could just hear the uncertainty in his voice. This is not as good as he thought it would be," his father said.

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He was my uncle and still is I will miss him but I know he died for a purpose he believed in

Just read Spc. Derrick J. Lutters' name on the Kansas War Memorial in Wichita. Realized his death came 10 years ago today. May God comfort you and bless you with wonderful memories of your son/relative. Thank you, Derrick, for your willingness to go and serve and fight and die for the freedom of the Iraqi people and the freedom of our country.

Rest in peace and love hero. You are missed.

We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Lutters Family know that we recently made a small donation to the Boots on the Ground in honor of Derrick J. Lutters US Army Sergeant. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.

On Sept. 13th the communities near your final resting place will be holding A Memorial Ride honoring you and CW2 Bryan Nichols. We do this annually to ensure your sacrifices are not forgotten. However, as your Dad reminds us, there are so many who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well, so we will remember them as well. You are not forgotten.

To the family and friends of Spc. Derrick J. Lutters:
Always remembering Derrick. "Some gave all."

Love you Uncle Derrick, I will remember you!

To the family and friends of Spc. Derrick J. Lutters:
Please accept my remembrance of Derrick on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers

For a fallen Hero and a good friend, rock on!!!!

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