Martin Luchter

December 10, 1939May 3, 2013

Martin (Marty) Luchter, 73, of Orange Park, Florida, passed away on May 3, 2013. Marty was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Marty was born to Rose Fiegelman and Abraham Luchter on December 10, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Jacksonville with his family as he furthered his long and devoted career in the United States Navy. Marty was preceded in death by his son, David, his sister Lenore Yager, and his granddaughter, Anne Marie Reesey. Marty was married to the former Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Ordway on September 19, 1959. At the time of his death, Marty and Betty had been married for 53 years. Survivors include his beautiful wife Betty, his oldest son, Marty J. Luchter, his daughter Margaret (Meg) Reesey and her husband Phil , his daughter Karen Rowe, his daughter Sue Price and her husband Ned, and his daughter Marlo Cash and her husband Glenn, and his daughter-in-law Cindy Luchter. Marty is also survived by his grandchildren Michael, Katie, Cassie, Rose, Chris, Brittney, Joseph, Ronald, and Tiffany, great grandchild, Shane, as well as his sister Eileen King. Marty devoted over 30 years to the United States Navy. He retired with the rank of Master Chief. His devotion, commitment, and service to the United States military culminated with his earning the Six Good Conduct Award, Navy Commendation Medal, RVN Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Award, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Service with Six Bronze Stars Award, the RVN Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service with Eight Bronze Stars Award. After his long and illustrious career in the Navy, Marty was employed for over five years as vice-president of John Schwartz and Associates opening up healthcare clinics. For the past several years of his life, he and his partner and love in life, Betty, worked for over 150 secret shopper companies. Marty lived and breathed for his family. He epitomized goodness and devotion to everyone around him. Marty, in his own way, was a consummate leader and teacher who, by example, defined happiness and love. While Marty worked very hard his entire life, he brought happiness and joy to his family with little thought of himself. Marty will be greatly missed.

A viewing will be held on May 8th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with services following at Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home located at 7242 Normandy Blvd. Marty will be buried with full military honors on May 9th at Jacksonville National Cemetery on Lannie Road at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marty’s name to The American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Joseph Phillips

July 8, 2013

Marty and I severed in the Navy at the same time > I was is Orlando and he was in Jacksonville. Sorry for his family loss. A good shipmate that is now sailing with with Fair Winds and a Following Sea!

Jim Harris

May 24, 2013

I am sorry to hear about the passing of my shipmate and neighbor Marty Luchter. I will miss seeing him working in the yard and stopping for a casual conversation about plants, fish, cars and old Navy friends. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

May 9, 2013

Fair Winds and Following Seas!! God's Blessings Eternally /
Chaplain Joe Molina, LCDR, USNR

S. Lee Johnston

May 9, 2013

We lost another member of the "Greatest Generation." For the Boy Scouts in North Florida -- and for several organizations and churches throughout the community, his legacy of service to our country lives on in the active and excellent support provided by Marty and Meg. Thank-you very much, Master Chief!

Alicia Woolard

May 9, 2013

May God bless you with the peace only he can provide in this time of sorrow

Dennis Smallwood

May 8, 2013

I enjoyed getting to know your Dad through bowling and the Jaguar tailgating. A truly great person! Dennis S.

May 8, 2013

A very sad day as a great man is laid to rest. He was my mentor in the earlier stages of my Naval career and a lifelong friend. I met Master Chief Luchter when he was my detailer and he assigned me to NAVHOP Rota Spain. On one of his many detailing trips, he told me I was going to Jacksonville, FL. Little did I know that he would go there too. I had the pleasure of working with him in Security and Admin. He opened many doors of opportunity for me and I will be eternally grateful. Without his guidance and insight, I may not have made the Navy my career. He also allowed me to become part of his family and I remember fondly visits with the Luchter clan throughout the years. There are so many memories I have of this gentle, kind-hearted man and he will be sadly missed. - It has been my pleasure and blessing to have known him - Monika (Walraven) Noel

Mary Maynard

May 8, 2013

Luchter Family. I was devostated to hear of Dad's loss. I will miss him as much as you do. You all were family to me, and I am so sorry that I cannot attend. I hope to see you all soon. My thoughs are prayers are with all of you right now.
Mary Cardinale Maynard

May 8, 2013

Live on as Marty would want You to do. His job is done now it for u to carry on his legacy. God Bless you all. Uncle Norm

Jill and Paul Metlin

May 8, 2013

Dear Sue, Ned and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We have all lost a true hero; we thank your Dad for his service and his wonderful family. Sue you are a treasure and we are sure your whole family is the same. Your Dad did a good job and has a left a beautiful family legacy.