Please join us in extending prayers and condolences to Phyllis Lutz and to the family of Ben Lutz Sr who went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2016, after enduring a debilitating illness at home. Ben faithfully served Johnson for 34 years (1974-2007) in the roles of plant manager, business manager, and vice president for business and finance.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and a memorial service will follow on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Jason Chapel Church of the Nazarene, 2541 Garners Creek Road, Dickson, TN 37055. The family will again receive friends from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and a celebration service will follow on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Seymour Heights Christian Church, 122 Boyds Creek Hwy, Seymour, TN 37865.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Johnson University and designated to the “Ben and Phyllis Lutz Fund."
Following is the full obituary:
Ben was born on October 21, 1941 in Akron, OH to Daniel and Mildred Lutz. He married his high school love, Phyllis Arlene Lutz on July 22, 1961 in Uniontown, OH. Surviving are a son, Benjamin David Lutz, Jr. of Knoxville, his wife Carla, their three children Brittany Nicole Springer, Katelyn Elizabeth Lutz, and Benjamin David Lutz, III; a son, David Alan Lutz of McEwen, his wife Dana, and their four children, Amanda Paige Lutz, Carrie Elizabeth Moultrie, David Alan Lutz, Jr., and Jonathan Houston Lutz; and a daughter, Michelle Henson of Denver, CO, her husband Jeff, and their three children, Jackson, Micah, and Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Daniel Lutz, Jr.
As a young boy at the age of 12, a farmer, of whom his family refers to as “Uncle Willis”, hired him to help bale hay. His relationship with Willis Kurtz of Hartville, OH and his family would teach Ben the importance of his faith, family values, hard work, and the need for post-secondary education. He received his Bachelor degree of Science in Education from Kent State in 1965. While he continued his education and continued to work on the farm and work as rural route mail carrier, a lawnmower blade sharpener, and a local volunteer firefighter, he was called to Warrensville Heights, OH to help build and co-lead the start-up of a new secondary education Industrial Arts program. He completed his Master degree of Education at Kent State in 1970 with honors. Ben took a position as a high school Industrial Arts teacher in Woodbridge, VA. It was during his time in Woodbridge that he and Phyllis found the salvation of Jesus Christ and his role as a servant of Christ began!
His dedication to serving Christ at a deeper level brought him to Johnson Bible College (now known as Johnson University) in Knoxville, TN in the summer of 1973. As physical plant manager, business manager, and later Vice President for Business and Finance, Ben played a key role in the development of the campus and the wise stewardship of the financial resources of Johnson University. He along with several others were instrumental in helping Johnson become a leader in the use of technology in the academic, financial, and other areas of University operation. Ben, Phyllis and their children were organizing members of the Seymour Heights Christian Church, Seymour, TN. where he served as elder and assisted greatly in the construction of church facilities in the early years of the congregation. In 2007, after 34 years of serving the Johnson University community and the local church as a leader, mentor, work volunteer and friend, he retired to McEwen, TN to share life with his younger son, David, and his family and to pursue his dream to have his own Black Angus cattle farm, of which he has been enjoying to this day!
On February 24, 2009, Ben was presented with the Johnson Bible College Alumni Association “Distinguished Service Award” recognizing and honoring him for his faithful service to Christ’s Kingdom. Ben was a dedicated Christian, a faithful servant, a loving husband and father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a tireless worker.