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Obituary for Russell C. Lutz Jr.

Russell Charles Lutz, Jr. born in Reading July 18, 1946, died January 27 at Maidencreek Place where he had been a resident in hospice care. He was the only child of the late Russell C. Lutz, Sr. and Lucy Rebecca Gorgas Lutz. He studied Asian History at Muhlenberg College until drafted to serve in the Vietnam War in 1967. He chose to enlist in the Navy and served in Naval Intelligence for six years. Married to Jo Anne M. Kelley who loved him for over 54 years. Surviving family includes daughters Helenna, and Rebecca wife of David Rittenhouse, and grandsons Keith, and Bruce husband to Casey.
As a jovial person, Russell made positive impressions on strangers and friends alike. He could not get enough coffee, so he met a lot of people at the Starbucks and other coffee shops. Many of the shops employees liked when he came in to the stores.
He worked as a merchandiser for Frito-Lay and Nabisco, successfully using his amiable personality to his advantage and garnering him a reputation of respect in the industry. Due to injuries from the war and the effects of agent orange, Russell’s career was short and he stopped working due to the disabilities.
Russell, a life member of the VFW and American Legion, loved his country. He helped service people by being a resource for them to call when they needed a friendly voice, a calming source to speak with to get through a PTSD episode, or just to discuss their emotional problems.
His love of animals led him to help rescue feral cats in the community. Many dogs and cats passed through his life, getting a great deal of love. His wish is to have his friends donate funds to the Animal Rescue League in his name in lieu of flowers.
There will be a Memorial Service on Thursday February 8th 11 AM, visitation at 10 AM, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4201 Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Road, Reading 19605 where his friends can gather to celebrate his life, luncheon to follow. Henninger Funeral Home arranged a gravesite service which will be private for his family.