Russell Earl Lutes, 67, associate minister of the Wilkinson Church of Christ, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016. He was born Sept. 17, 1948, in Brazil, Ind., the son of the late Earl and Lenora (Price) Lutes.
His central value was love through service to others.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1972. He served the Lord in full-time ministry for 28 years with Youth for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Wilkinson Church of Christ. He served his family and friends throughout his life with compassion, generosity, and many hugs.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; son, Chris (Sherri) Lutes of Pendleton; daughters, Tawnya (Nick) Provenzano and Natasha (Derek) Howard of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; brothers, Steve, Tim (Carol) and Greg (Melanie) Lutes; sister, Terry (Sam) Riddell, his children’s Uncle Jim Smith and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three grandsons, Devin Earl Lutes, Andrew Howard, and Samuel Provenzano.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Wilkinson Church of Christ with Ryan McCarty officiating. Friends may call at the church Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 3-8 p.m. There will be a private burial at a later date at Marion National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mahoning Valley Christian Service Camp 3823 East 225 N, Rushville, IN. 46173 or Riley Children’s Foundation 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN. 46204-3509