Jim Lutes

Jim Lutes

Ernest ‘Jim’ Lutes of Holland, Michigan (formerly of Otsego and Houghton Lake) passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Alamo. Mr. Lutes was born September 22, 1935 in Plainwell to Maynard and Thelma (McFannin) Lutes.

Jim was a graduate of Plainwell High School and served his country during peacetime in the U.S. Army. For 34 years he was employed at Menasha Corp. Following his retirement Jim and his wife Betty moved to Houghton Lake, where they spent about 20 years before moving back to the area. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. For 26 years he was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and for 19 years he acted as Scoutmaster for B.S.A. Troop 98 in Otsego. Jim was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge #345 and had been a mentor in the Big Brother program.

On July 1, 1961 he married the former Betty Foote, who died in 2012. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sally. Surviving are a daughter and a son, Tammy Ellen Lutes of Holland and Thomas Allen (Betsy) Lutes of Otsego; grandchildren, James Clayton (Cora) Lutes and Jesse Ellen Lutes; a great-grandson, Clayton James Lutes; sisters, Irene and Marylan.

Jim’s family would like to thank his close friend, Paul Doxey for his continued support.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 10 am to noon and 2 to 3 P.M. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, with funeral services following at 3:00 P.M.

Cremation will follow and burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to B.S.A Troop 98.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Kay Miller Snyder says:

    Dear Tammy , Tom And Family,
    I’m sending my deepest sympathy to you all.
    I am so sorry for your lost.
    May God comfort you at this time and help you through the days to come. Many ((((((HUGS)))))) to you all.

  2. Elmer Holly Jr says:

    Tom and Tammy, we will all be less blessed at Jim’s passing. I cannot say enough about what your dad and your family meant to me in my youth. He will be missed by many. We always think of the nice things to say about someone at their passing, but I can truly say that your dad was a great man to many of us. I attribute many of my quality traits to what I learned from your dad. To Mr Ernest J Lutes I say thank you for all you did for me and I will miss you very much.

  3. Esta Nichols says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Jim. May God be with you at this time. Jack, Betty, Esta Nichols

  4. Karen butts says:

    Dear Tammy, Tom and your extended families,
    I enjoyed being a neighbor of your mom and dad in Marianna Park here. I can still hear your moms laughter, and see your dads impish smile. I miss both of them very much.

    I think they are still smiling now and holding hands.
    We wish you and yours peace and comfort in the following time.
    God bless all of you.

  5. Melanie Hooker says:

    Betsy and Tom, So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  6. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear family,
    Sending our sincerest sympathies for the loss of your dad and your mom. The community of Otsego is a better place because of them.

    Sending our love and sympathy,
    Darl and Joyce

  7. Naomi (Holly) Bryant says:

    Tammy and Tom, my deepest most heart-felt thoughts are with you both. Jim was one of the most amazing men I ever met. His life and time spent with troop #98 touched so many families. Anytime we seen your dad (and mom) even after he retired from the scouts, he always had such a warm smile. He will be greatly missed. May you and Tom have much comfort in knowing what wonderful souls your parents were. God Bless you both

  8. Guy Hess says:

    Guy, Cory and Scott Hess from troop 98 send their thoughts and thanks for your time and love for scouting. We are so glad that you led and encouraged Cory and Scott to become Eagle Scouts.

    with love and great memories from the Hess families.

  9. Jesse Lutes says:

    Thankyou all for your kind words about my grandfather. I miss him every day.

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