Donald Wayne Lutes Sr.
1936 - 2021
Mueller Funeral Home, Peru
909 Pike Street
Peru, IL
Donald Wayne Lutes Sr.
Born: August 29, 1936 in Siloam Springs, AR
Died: September 6, 2021 in Rockford, IL
Donald Wayne Lutes Sr., 85, of Peru, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 6, 2021 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford as he anxiously awaited the joyful reunion with his mother who passed away when he was only 4 months old.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru.
Mr. Lutes was born August 29, 1936 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to Forrest E. and Grace A. (Babington) Lutes. He graduated from John Swaney High School in 1956. He married Mary Ann Reaska on August 26, 1960 at Magnolia United Methodist Church. Together, they celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Mr. Lutes served in the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance from 1958-1962. After serving his country, he worked as a farmer in Missouri and Illinois and later worked as a diesel mechanic for 20 years at Air Products and Chemicals in La Salle.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Peru; his children, Dawnette (John) Mignone of Peru, Donald Lutes Jr.of Peru, Dalene (John) Sweezey of Spring Valley and Danelle Lutes-Baker of Iowa; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, John Lutes of Missouri; and a sister, Elizabeth Okerberg of Chillicothe, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Forrest Jr., William and Silas Benton Lutes; and four sisters, Jeanette Gall, Donna Witko, Dorothy Rogers and Leona Owenby.
Memorial contributions maybe directed to the family or to a favorite charity of choice.
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Published by Putnam County Record from Sep. 7 to Sep. 15, 2021.
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Love you daddy
Danelle Lutes
October 7, 2021
He was an awesome uncle, I just wish I come have seen them more often, RIP Uncle Don. Thinking of you from Big Lake, Alaska
Bill Briner
October 1, 2021
So very sorry for your loss! Thinking of you!
Sandy (Skaggs) Friederich
September 14, 2021
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