AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
James M. Lutz, of California, died on July 21, 2015 at the age of 59 years old.
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE for Jim will be held on Sunday, AUGUST 23rd from 3:00-6:00 P.M. (NOTE: change of time) at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
A private burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
James M. Lutz passed away peacefully on July 21, 2015 in Carmichael, CA, after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. He was 59 years old.
Jim was born on September 18, 1955, in St. Cloud, MN, son of Joe and Carol Lutz of Mora, MN. He was a student at Mora Public Schools and graduated in 1973. He was an All-Conference selection in football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year both the basketball and baseball teams were undefeated in the Rum River Conference play. After graduation from high school, Jim attended St. John’s University for one year and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his discharge in 1976, he went back to college at St. Cloud State University, graduating in 1979. After college, he worked in the St. Cloud area with Polar, Fingerhut, and Stearns Bank. Jim married Patricia Ann Olson on August 14, 1982 and they later divorced. He moved to Denver with his son, Mike, and was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2007. After successful treatment of the cancer, he moved to Indio and Palm Springs, CA. He lived in CA from 2011-2015 and worked for Mathis Brothers and US Bank. In December 2014 his cancer returned.
He loved his family, devoting himself to his three children and two grandchildren. He loved attending his children’s sporting events. He adored his twin granddaughters, Olivia and Oaklee. It brought him so much joy taking them on walks and spending time with them in the park. Jim loved watching all sports and enjoyed playing golf.
Jim is survived by his three children: Chris Lutz of Newport Beach, CA, Kelsey (Mike) Howe of El Dorado Hills, CA and Mike Lutz of Northglenn, CO; grandchildren Olivia and Oaklee Howe of El Dorado Hills, CA; his parents Joe and Carol Lutz of Mora, MN; sisters Jane (Dan) Naumann of Columbia Heights, MN, Judy Lutz of Plymouth, MN, and Nancy (Don) Soper of Roseville, MN; brothers Rich Lutz of Orlando, FL and Dave (Deb) Lutz of Maple Grove, MN; many nieces, nephews and friends.