LUTZ, Frank 1881-1959
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 6/22/2014 at 22:37:50
Frank Lutz, One of Wellsburg's Oldest Businessmen, Is Dead
Funeral services were held Saturday for Frank Lutz, 78, retired barber and one of Wellsburg's oldest businessmen, who died at his home here Thursday following an illness of several months.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. in the Doyen Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. in the Second Christian Reformed Church. Rev. Carl Toeset officiated. Burial was in the Wellsburg Reformed Church cemetery.
Music was furnished by vocalists Mrs. Wilbur Knock and Mrs. Harold Okones. Mrs. Ray Toomsen was pianist, and Mrs. Knock organist.
Flower attendants were Mrs. Ben Peters and Mrs. Claus W. Ross.
Pall bearers were C. W. Ross, H. W. Ross, H. A. Geerdes, Harley H. Janssen, Claus C. Neessen and Heiko C. Neessen.
Frank Lester Lutz was born January 16, 1881, at Ogden, Iowa, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lutz. The family moved to Illinois soon after his birth, then 13 years later returned to Iowa when his father purchased a farm near Alden.
He attended barber school at Des Moines in 1903, and after completing his apprenticeship, began barbering in his home town of Alden and also at Iowa Falls.
On March 5, 1905, he came to Wellsburg, a town of less than 300 population in those days and without a barber, and began a barber practice which would span 53 years and not end until his health failed him a few months ago. He was one of the town's oldest businessmen, and was regarded as having served his community as long or longer than any barber in Iowa.
Frank Lutz and Bessie Eygabroad were married on December 25, 1906, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Eygabroad, in Wellsburg. Rev. J. G. Thielken performed the ceremony. The couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary this past December.
Mr. and Mrs. Lutz lived a few years on a farm south of Wellsburg before finally moving to Wellsburg, but even while on the farm Frank continued to barber in town.
He entered the Grundy County Memorial Hospital on January 30, suffering from a heart ailment, but was able to return home February 4. He died eight days later at the age of 78 years and 26 days.
Surviving are his widow and two children, Mrs. Elwood (Opal) Cone, of Grundy Center, and Lester Lutz of Cedar Falls, also three granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is one brother, Jack Lutz, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Preceding him in death were his parents; an infant son, Floyd Lutz; and a brother, Harry Lutz.
--The Grundy Register/Wellsburg Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 19 February 1959, pg 18
Grundy Obituaries maintained by Tammy D. Mount.
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