Raymond Stephen Lutz
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Raymond Stephen Lutz
  • July 4, 1928 - July 9, 2016
  • Louisville, Kentucky

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Raymond Stephen Lutz, 88, of the Highlands, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016. He was born July 4, 1928 in Louisville, KY to the late Herman and Emma Pikizer Lutz., the youngest of 8 children.

Raymong graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Chemistry. He worked for a short time at the Goodyear plant in southern IN before being drafted into the Army at the age of 23. He made several stops on his way to Korea, including San Francisco and Tokyo. He was part of a group of the Army that was attached to the Air Force, so he took part in the building of airfields and roads over there. They used his expertise in science to help them decide where and how to build.

After his 21 months in the Army he was discharged back to Ft. Knox and got a job at the General Electric Appliance here in Louisville. He worked in the material processing lab for the appliances produced at the plant. It was during this time that he discovered a small, but serious problem with the refrigerators they were producing. He went to management to address the issue and saved the company a great deal of money once the problem was addressed and changes were made.

Even though he really enjoyed his job, Raymond realized that there was not much of an opportunity to advance in the lab where he was working. Being the goal-oriented man that he was, he decided to go back to school to earn his M.B.A. Later he moved to Pittsburg to work for Westinghouse. He stayed there until the plant was closed down 13 years later.

He returned to Louisville after that and decided to retire from the workforce. However, this did not mean he really quit working. He was involved in many organizations in the city. He volunteered his time and talent for 40 years with SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) where he and other volunteers offered guidance to people who were sitting up their own small business.

He also served as President of the Highlands branch AARP. He is a member of the Iris Society. When he was in his home in the highlands he grew all different variations of the beautiful flower. He also believed in staying physically active. If you ever go to his room and he isn't there, you will most likely find him on the fourth floor in the P.T. gym riding the bicycle.

Raymond and his special lady friend never married but were together for many years. He stayed in touch with his many nieces and nephews who live in Houston, TX, Salinas, CA and Belleville, IL. In his room he has pictures of his friends from both his old neighborhood and his business associations, as well as his family. During a birthday day celebration he received numerous cards and flowers as well as phone calls from all over the country.
Raymond believed that the best way to get through life is to be goal-oriented; to know what you want to do and what you want from life. No matter what career or path you choose "go for it all out".

Survivors include Dale Sauget, Julie S. Mungridis (Peter), Nancy L. Buckthal (Paul), Dereck Sauget, Austin Sauget and Madelyn Sauget. And a very dear and faithful neighbor John Robey.

A service to celebrate Mr. Lutz's life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday in the chapel of Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave. with interment at Cave Hill.
There will be military honors by the US Army at the graveside.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the funeral home.