OBITUARY

Robert Daniel Lutz

September 13, 1955October 22, 2020
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Robert Daniel Lutz, 65, of Louisville, died on Thursday October 22, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his brother, David Lutz and his father-in-law, William Gaines.

Robert loved theatre (as long as it didn’t involve Disney or puppets), and theatre people. He enjoyed going to Actors Theatre and volunteering with Actors Associates (well, most of the time), never missed a season of Kentucky Shakespeare, and was an avid listener of WFPK. He loved to travel, particularly if there was theatre or a brewpub involved (preferably both). There was always hoppy beer in his refrigerator, and Kentucky bourbon on the bar cart, and he would invite you out for “dranks” for any occasion.

But what he loved most of all was his family: he married his high-school sweetheart, Linda Gaines, and they had 43 (mostly) wonderful years together. He adored his daughter, Jessica Lutz, and her husband, Steve Michalski, and his son Matthew Lutz, and it made him so happy that they still liked being around him. And his grandson, Oscar Michalski (to whom he was “Big Lou” – because that was the name Robert chose), was the joy of his life who could always make him smile.

Robert is also survived by his parents, Wayne and Betty Lutz, his mother-in-law, Veronica Gaines and his brothers-in-law, Bill Gaines and Robert Gaines, and several nieces and nephews. . At his oft-repeated request (“Four words: closed casket; open bar”), a private memorial service was held at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY 40206.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to: Actors Theatre of Louisville https://www.actorstheatre.org/, Kentucky Shakespeare https://kyshakespeare.com/ or 91.9 WFPK https://wfpk.org/.

To sign the online guestbook and leave online condolences, please visit us at www.archlheadycralle.com

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Leah Schriner

November 14, 2020

Bob is a dear friend from high school. We became close doing plays together, both during the school year and in the Summer Theater Guild. He showed off his great comedic acting as Billis in South Pacific and part of the team with his great friend Chip Finke who figured out that the emperor was wearing no clothes! I'm certain Bob and Chip referenced those roles in the last four years. Bob was warm and witty, and I know he will be sorely missed. I am so sad to hear of his passing and send my sincere sympathy to Linda and the entire Lutz family.

Sandi Neat

October 31, 2020

Oh Linda, I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family will be in my prayers for comfort and peace.

Ann Hall

October 31, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Daniel’s passing. We enjoyed ushering with him for Actors Theatre. He and Linda were part of the “A” Team. And he was an A+ member who made us laugh with his dry wit. Sending comfort, healing, and prayers. With sympathy, Ann C. Hall and Geoffrey C. Nelson

Theola Little

October 27, 2020

Linda:
Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Robert & Karol Banks

October 26, 2020

Linda and Family,

We are so sorry for this sudden loss of your life-long love. Our prayers are with you all. It was always a fun time when we were in Robert’s presence at the wine tastings.

Be blessed,

Robert and Karol

Dattatraya Shetty

October 26, 2020

Dear Linda and Family,

We were so saddened to hear about Robert's Passing.
Please accept our condolences and prayers as you all navigate this tough time.

Sincerely,
Datta & Vinaya Shetty.

Emily Tarquin

October 26, 2020

Linda, sending so much love and wishing peace for you and your family. Robert was a light up the room kinda guy and his absence will be palpable. I appreciate all the times we got to connect. He would usually leave our chats with "ok I'll shut up now" but I always listened and appreciated his advocacy and support.

Robert Barry Fleming

October 26, 2020

Sincerest condolences to you, Linda. Robert’s good humor and generosity of spirit will be missed. May he Rest In Peace.

Vi Tran

October 26, 2020

Linda, I'm sorry to hear about the loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Bob Lyford

October 25, 2020

I remember Bob as a great writer, and top English student at W&L. He was a mentor and friend. God bless his wonderful family.

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Biography

Robert Daniel Lutz, 65, of Louisville, died on Thursday October 22, 2020.
He is preceded in death by his brother, David Lutz and his father-in-law, William Gaines.
Robert loved theatre (as long as it didn’t involve Disney or puppets), and theatre people. He enjoyed going to Actors Theatre and volunteering with Actors Associates (well, most of the time), never missed a season of Kentucky Shakespeare, and was an avid listener of WFPK. He loved to travel, particularly if there was theatre or a brewpub involved (preferably both). There was always hoppy beer in his refrigerator, and Kentucky bourbon on the bar cart, and he would invite you out for “dranks” for any occasion.
But what he loved most of all was his family: he married his high-school sweetheart, Linda Gaines, and they had 43 (mostly) wonderful years together. He adored his daughter, Jessica Lutz, and her husband, Steve Michalski, and his son Matthew Lutz, and it made him so happy that they still liked being around him. And his grandson, Oscar Michalski (to whom he was “Big Lou” – because that was the name Robert chose), was the joy of his life who could always make him smile.
Robert is also survived by his parents, Wayne and Betty Lutz, his mother-in-law, Veronica Gaines and his brothers-in-law, Bill Gaines and Robert Gaines, and several nieces and nephews..
At his oft-repeated request (“Four words: closed casket; open bar”), a private memorial service was held at Arch L. Heady-Cralle, 2428 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY 40206.
Expressions of Sympathy may be made to: Actors Theatre of Louisville https://www.actorstheatre.org/, Kentucky Shakespeare https://kyshakespeare.com/ or 91.9 WFPK https://wfpk.org/.

To sign the online guestbook and leave online condolences, please visit us at www.archlheadycralle.com

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