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LUTTERMAN, J. L. 1883-1938


Posted By: Gerald (email)
Date: 11/23/2010 at 17:29:04

J. L. Lutterman Is Called By Death

He Passes Away After A Painful Illness Which Has Been Of Many Months Duration

Prominent In Civic Life

Has Held Offices Of Trust In The Town Council And On The School Board

J. L. Lutterman, aged 54 years, well known to everyone in this part of Grundy county, died at St. Thomas hospital in Marshalltown, at 3:15 o'clock Monday afternoon, after an illness dating from last May, when his last illness began to be serious and cause his family and friends concern as to its character.

Mr. Lutterman was born on the home farm south of Wellsburg, now occupied by the George Lutterman family. He grew to manhood in the locality, and after the usual country school training, went to Ellsworth College at Iowa Falls, and to the Teachers College at Cedar Falls, after which he taught school in Inwood, Iowa, and other points. Later he went to Highland Park School, Des Moines, where he studied the course designed to make him a pharmacist. He bought the Wellsburg drug store from his brother Charles and later resold it to Charles, buying it again when Charles's health failed.

He sold the drug store to D. D. O'Neil about six years ago. Since that time, Mr. Lutterman has been occupied in taking care of the estates of his brother, Charles, who died several years ago, and of his mother, who died later, together with his own farm property near Holland, Iowa.

During his lifetime, Mr. Lutterman has been honored by his fellow townsmen by election to the school board and the town council, in both of which positions his active work made him a valuable servant. He was president of the school board during the greater part of his time as a member and his school training made his advice regarding teachers of great value to the board.

Mr. Lutterman had splendid executive ability and made a valuable member of the town council during his years of service on that body.

The funeral will be held at the Second Christian Reformed church Saturday afternoon, with Dr. John C. DeKorne in charge.

Mr. Lutterman is survived by his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Henry Peters, northwest of Wellsburg, Miss Dorothy, a student nurse at Michael Reese hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Alyce, a sophomore in the Wellsburg high school, one son, Gerald, a grade student here, three sisters, Mrs. Henry Schwager, Blue Earth, Minnesota, Mrs. B. H. Hook, Wellsburg, Miss Tena Lutterman, of Wellsburg; and four brothers, Jurgen, Henry, and Albert Lutterman, of Wellsburg; and Dr. Eldredge Lutterman of Antioch, Illinois.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 5 January 1938, pg 1


Funeral Services For J. L. Lutterman

Last Rites Performed In The Second Christian Reformed Church By Dr. J. C. De Korne

Great Number Attend

Church Well Filled With Friends Who Came To Pay Their Final Tribute To Departed

A large number of friends and relatives gathered Saturday to pay a final tribute to the memory of J. L. Lutterman who for many years had been a leader of thought and action in Wellsburg.

Dr. J. C. DeKorne had charge of the services and spoke eloquently of many good qualities of the deceased and of the works he had accomplished for the betterment of our town and of its school system, on the board of which Mr. Lutterman has served for a number of years.

Mrs. Clarence Beecroft sang two songs, "Saved by Grace" and "In the Land of Fadeless Day" with Mrs. B. C. Koolman as accompanist.

Casket bearers were: Miner Haack, Geo A. Geerdes, H. L. Luwe, John W. Ross, Dick Claassen and Harm Frerichs.

Mr. J. L. Lutterman was born September 11, 1883 on a farm south of Wellsburg. His parents were Jurgen and Grace Lutterman. He was baptized as a youth. He secured his education in the country school and at Ellsworth College, Iowa Falls and at Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls where he prepared himself for the teaching profession. He spent only a few years in actual teaching, but through his life he maintained a keen interest in schools and education problems. At Highland Park School in in Des Moines he took the course in pharmacy, and a large part of his active life was spent as a pharmacist and merchant in Wellsburg.

September 11, 1912 he was married to Miss Augusta Wulf. God blessed this union with four children: Naomi, Mrs. Henry Peters; Dorothy who is in training for the nursing profession at Michael Reese Hospital Chicago; Alice and Gerald, both at home.

It is as a public spirited man of high ideals that Mr. Lutterman will be best remembered in Wellsburg. Among his many activities, which also included a period on the Town Council, the outstanding one was his long service on the School Board. He was first elected to the School Board in the spring of 1911, and with but one brief intermission, has served continuously since. During much of that time he served as President of the Board, and during all of it his strong personality made itself felt in local school policies. Every Board member, teacher, parent, or student connected with the school during those years is under obligation to the brother who made the promotion of education one of the major interests of his life. During the past four years he has also served as a member of the County Board of Education.

It was easy to carry on a conversation with Mr. Lutterman on spiritual problems, in spite of the natural reserve of his nature which kept him from giving testimony to what the Lord had done for his own soul. When his health permitted, he attended church services regularly. He was the one who gave the impetus to the movement that resulted in the offering of Bible study as an elective in the local High School. He was an active member of the Men's Volunteer Club, and served as its President during 1936. During the last months of his life, as he lost interest in earthly affairs he often spoke of God and His ways with men, saw the utter futility of man attempting by his own good works to gain favor with God, and gave touching expression to his conviction that salvation is possible only by the free grace of God through Jesus Christ.

Mr. Lutterman died January 3, 1938 at St. Thomas Hospital, Marshalltown. Besides his wife and four children, three sisters and four brothers survive him. They are: Mrs. Harry Schwager, Blue Earth, Minnesota; Mrs. B. H. Hook and Miss Tena Lutterman, of Wellsburg; Jurgen, Henry, and Albert Lutterman, of Wellsburg; and Dr. Eldredge Lutterman of Antioch, Illinois.

May the gospel of God's free grace bring comfort to all who mourn.

Relatives and friends who attended the funeral from a distance were: Dr. Eldredge Lutterman, Antioch, Illinois; Mrs. Harry Schwager and Mrs. Wallace Schwager, Blue Earth, Minnesota; August Wulf, Lead South Dakota; Rieke Lutterman, Sibley, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. George Tjaden, Henry Tjaden, Mr. and Mrs. George Lutterman, Iowa Falls, Iowa; Mrs. Harold Mantor, Garrison, Iowa; Mrs. Dilver Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sieloff, Mr. Henry Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Murphy, Buckeye, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hook, Waterloo, Iowa; Mr. Will M. Ross, Dike, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ornduff, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Huddleston, Decatur, Illinois; L. B. Wulf, Mrs. Emma Lewis, Walter Wulf, Henry Willert, Reinbeck, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Miner Haack, Webster City, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Chukker, Greene, Iowa; and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Riant and Betty, Waterloo, Iowa.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 12 January 1938, pg 1


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