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Terry John Lutz

November 20, 1936November 9, 2020

Terry John Lutz

Born Nov. 20, 1936

Passed Nov. 9, 2020

Resided Guffey, Co.

Terry Lutz, 83, of Guffey Colorado, passed away on November 9th after a short battle with Covid 19. Terry was born on November 20th, 1936 to Wendel and Marie Lutz in Henrietta, N.Y. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fulfilled a 4 year commitment working mostly as a sonar man on submarines. After the military, Terry went on to study electrical engineering at The Rochester Institute of Technology. While still at the university he enlisted as a co-op student with IBM. They later offered him a full-time position, and he ended up working his entire career with IBM. While still in the Navy, he met and married Mable Jane Riese. They went on to have 3 children; T.J., Heidi, and Erik. After the birth of their 3 kids, Terry and Mae moved the family to Nederland, Colorado where he continued working and commuting down Boulder Canyon to IBM.

Terry always wanted the life of a cowboy, and shortly after moving to Nederland, purchased horses to populate his property there. He was an avid horseman and outdoorsman, loving nothing more than to explore and hunt in the Colorado back country on and off horseback. Terry also had a passion for giving back to the community. He was very involved with the local Lions Club, including acting as president for many years, as well as being active with the local catholic church. In 1989 Terry and Mae moved outside Austin Texas so that he could continue his career with IBM, moving all of his horses and other animals down with them. In 1995 upon his retirement from IBM, Terry and Mae returned to Colorado, settling outside of Guffey, Colorado in the center of the state. Terry continued his activism in Woodland Park as he led up the “Help the Needy” group through the church there. He was also an active member of the catholic church in Cripple Creek.

Following Mae’s passing in 1998, Terry married Margaret Eileen Weatherly in 2001. Throughout his life, anyone who knew Terry knew that he was constantly busy with the pursuit of gathering, cutting, and splitting firewood to burn in his fireplaces, as he loved a live fire. He was always enlisting the help of his kids and anyone else who would “volunteer”. He must have gathered a thousand cords during his lifetime. His favorite saying was “Wood is Wealth”. His family and friends will miss him immensely.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents Wendel and Marie Lutz, wives Mabel Jane Riese and Margaret Eileen Weatherly and nephew Andrew Stevens. Terry is survived by his sister, Sharon (Thomas) Stevens, Walworth, N.Y.; his children, T.J. (Diane) Lutz, Idaho Falls, ID.; Heidi (Ken) Terrell, Conifer, CO.; Erik (Jolie) Lutz, Sedalia, CO.; seven grandchildren, Cody (Riann) Lutz, Salt Lake City, UT.; Austin Lutz, Salt Lake City, UT.; Chayce Lutz, Castle Rock, CO.; Riese Lutz, Sedalia, Co.; Payton Terrell, Conifer, CO.; Parker Terrell, Conifer, CO.; Bryce Lutz, Sedalia, CO.; step daughters, Charme (Phil) Krauth, Canon City, CO.; Robyn (Rock) Canda, Westcliffe, CO.; nephew Peter (Rebecca) Stevens, Celebration, FL.; niece Katie Stevens, Walworth, N.Y.; step-grandson Aaron (Andrea) Stubel, Ridgeway, CO.; and their child, step-great granddaughter Alena.

Donations may be made, in Terry’s name, to Our Lady of the Woods, 120 S.W. St. Woodland Park, CO. 80863

There will be a memorial service held at St. Peters in Cripple Creek sometime this spring or summer.

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Katherine Stevens

November 25, 2020

Uncle Terry was an amazing uncle to my brothers and I. I absolutely loved spending time with he and Aunt Mae and especially my cousins TJ, Heidi, and of course Erik! I will never forget Uncle Terry pushing me on a swing when I was little and catching my feet to tickle them. I have many fond memories of my uncle and miss him very much! I love you, TJ, Heidi and Erik! My heart is always with you and especially now as you navigate through this difficult transition.

All my love and respect,
Katie, Garrett and Hannah

Maureen Hatch

November 14, 2020

I knew Terry from the Catholic Mass that was held in Florissant, CO and then moved to the home of Andy and Ann Marie McKee. He seemed to be a very spiritual man and enjoyed coming to our gatherings. I was very glad to know him.

Susan Weinzapfel

November 14, 2020

I first met your dad/grandfather in 2003 at Help the Needy. He was an interviewer there, and I started out working in data entry there. Soon he was training me to be an interviewer. Terry was so dedicated to helping others who were down and out on their luck but he also helped me to see who truly needed our help and who did not. We have remained friends ever since I moved away in 2008 to help our special needs grandson in TX, but we would touch base every now and then, and sometimes I would go see him at his beloved ranch! His devotion to Eileen was so touching. I wasn't able to meet his first wife. Hoping you all have wonderful memories to support you, as I have. Love and prayers, Susan Weinzapfel

Susan Weinzapfel

November 14, 2020

Terry and I worked together for about 5 years at Help the Needy in Woodland Park Colorado. He trained me to be an interviewer, and we worked closely together with the people that came to our office for help. He was very compassionate. and helped us to make a difference in our community of Woodland Park. He was involved with Help the Needy for a long time, and will be long remembered for the help he gave to so many people.
He also was a faithful member of Our Lady of the Woods Church/ and the St Peter's Catholic Church. He will be sorely missed.

Robert Elliott

November 12, 2020

My wife Teresa and I were saddened to hear of Terry's passing and wanted to reach out to the family with heartfelt condolences. I have been Terry's dentist for many years and I also serve as one of the deacons for Our Lady of The Woods Parish and St. Peter's Chapel. Terry was a good and faithful servant to the end. He was a proclaimer for Sunday masses at St. Peter's Chapel and the Sunday before last, even while he was obviously not feeling well, he showed up to proclaim the word of God. It was always a treat to see him on the schedule at my office as well. He will be missed by many in our community.

Blessings,
Deacon Bob Elliott

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