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LUTTERMAN, Alfred 1907-1944


Posted By: Gerald (email)
Date: 11/23/2010 at 16:49:20

Alfred Lutterman Co. Supervisor Dies Saturday

Had Been Afflicted with a Weak Heart Several Years; Suffered Severe Stroke in December.

Alfred Lutterman, youngest man ever to have served as a member of the board of supervisors in Grundy county, died at the Eldora hospital at 4:45 Saturday morning. His condition was very critical several days before the end came.

He was afflicted with a heart ailment. He discovered that for the first time twelve years ago when he applied for life insurance and was rejected. The ailment didn't trouble him until a few years ago when the doctors advised him to refrain from heavy work. He decided to quit active farming on that account and last year disposed of his livestock and farming equipment but he and his family continued to make their home on the farm. On the 14th of last December he suffered a stroke of paralysis while he and his wife were driving home from Wellsburg. He never recovered from that shock. It deprived him of his speech. He received a second stroke a few weeks ago which did not seem to be so severe as the first one. Up to about a month ago he and his family had hopes that he would at least partially regain his former health and it was because of that belief that he decided to become a candidate again for supervisor and was the only candidate by either party who was placed in nomination for the primary.

Was Youngest Supervisor

Had he lived until June 7th, he would have been 38 years old. He was first nominated and elected as a member of the board of supervisors from the Shiloh-Melrose district six years ago. At the time he was the youngest man ever to have been elected as a member of the Grundy county board. His age was not a handicap in the discharge of his official duties. He performed his official duties honestly and efficiently and had he lived he would have been continued in office for another three years at least. He not only was popular with the people in his home district but he was held in high regard by the other members of the board who honored him by appointing him as chairman. He made a good board chairman as he had proven himself a good member. While our supervisors are nominated and elected by districts, their service is for the entire county. Al Lutterman served both his district and his county well and both will lose and regret that his public service ended at a time in his life when the career of the average man has hardly well begun.

Very Large Attendance At Funeral Service

Funeral services were at the home at one o'clock and later at the Reformed church in Wellsburg. Due to the unavoidable absence of the regular pastor, Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, Dr. J. E. Drake officiated at the services. It was one of the largest-attended funeral services ever held in Wellsburg. The auditorium and basement of the large church were filled. With the help of loud-speakers, those seated in the basement could hear the service. Special music was provided and the floral offering was beautiful and most generous.

Courthouse Closed in Afternoon

Because of his many years of service as a member of the board of supervisors, the courthouse was closed Tuesday afternoon. The six remaining members of the board and some of the county officials attended the services at the home and at the church. Seats in the church had been reserved for the county officials. There were also several road construction men and contractors with whom the county board has had business in late years, who came to the services.

The pallbearers were cousins of the deceased. They were Fritz, Harm and Herman Hook, LeRoy, Jerry and George Lutterman. Flower attendants were Adeline Ruter, Josephine Gross, Elaine Schmidt and Irene Knock.

Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Spent Nearly All His Life In This Community

Alfred Melvin Lutterman was born in Deuel county, South Dakota. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harm Lutterman. During his infancy the family came from South Dakota and moved on a farm five miles southeast of Wellsburg where Alfred grew up. He attended the Wellsburg school and graduated from there. On September 6, 1927, he and Miss Lydia Haack from Parkersburg were married. The first year of their marriage they lived in Wellsburg. The next four years they lived on a farm owned by his uncle, Charles Lutterman, near Frederika, Iowa. Following the death of his father Alfred and his family moved on the home farm ten years ago where they made their home continually since.

Surviving are the wife and one daughter, Beverly. Other surviving near relatives are his mother, who is making her home in Wellsburg, and one sister, Mrs. Anton Terfehn.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 May 1944, pg 1, 12


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