Charles Lutz was born in Olpe, Kan., on Jan. 14, 1940, to Carl and Stella Lutz.
He went to be with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 20, 2013.
He married Betty Wendling on Aug. 10, 1963. Together with their children and grandchildren, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10, 2013.
Charles grew up on the family farm in Olpe. He was a farmer and worked for Vigortone Feed. In October 1978, his career moved the family to Wylie, Texas. Since moving to Wylie, he, along with his son Greg, established the family business, Lutz Woodworks. Charles was very active in the community, schools and church. He was a lifelong devout Catholic and has been a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church for the past 35 years.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Alvina Lutz and Helen Maxia.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; and his five children and their families, Diana and Steve Kuhlmann of Olpe, and their children, Courtney Ward (Willie) and Natalie; Darryl and Anne Lutz of Andover, Kan., and their children, Emily, Alex, Elizabeth, Jenna and Jarett; Lynnette and Eric Schreiner of Olpe, and their children, Wade, Chad, Monica, Faith and Kandice, and their grandchild, Coltyn; Greg and Vickie Lutz of Wylie, and their children, Abigail and Gabe; and Sondra and Matt Thomas of Mansfield, Texas, and their son, Nathan. He is also survived by his two sisters, Marcella (Tom) Hatcher of Denver, and Frances (Charlie) Bean of Wichita, Kan.; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be held at 4 p.m. today, followed by a visitation for family and friends until 6 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Both will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wylie.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Olpe. A rosary will begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a memorial mass and burial beginning at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of memorial contributions to the St. Anthony Catholic Church Building Fund, 404 N. Ballard St., Wylie, TX 75098; or Knights of Columbus Alexis Council 1589, c/o Steve Kuhlmann, 815 Road J5, Olpe, KS 66865.