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Paul I. Lutz

December 30, 1924 ~ April 20, 2018 (age 93)
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Paul I. Lutz, 93 of Auburn died peacefully on April 20, 2018 at Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Indianapolis.  He was born in Kent, Ohio on December 30, 1924 to Willis and Alma (Crawford) Lutz.  He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio.  Paul was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, serving from January 7, 1943 to January 27, 1946.  He served in the Submarine Service on the U.S.S. Silversides and U.S.S. Whale in the Pacific Theater reaching the rank of Motor Machinist’s Mate, Third Class. His military decorations included the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two stars, American Campaign Medal, Submarine Combat Insignia with three stars, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.  After serving his country, he returned to Kent where he met and married the love of his life Evelyn (Olschevski).  They were wed on May 15, 1948 and she preceded him in death on September 10, 2010.  He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn and had served on the Church Council several times.  Paul was also a former Auburn City Councilman and while on Council held the offices of Auburn Police Commissioner and Auburn Fire Commissioner.  He was affiliated with several Masonic orders including the DeKalb Masonic Lodge #214, F & AM and the York Rite where he held the Knight York Cross of Honor.  Paul worked for Cooper Industrial Products as a Project Engineer and after leaving there he worked sales for Oren Van Aman in Fort Wayne and DeKalb Fire and Safety in Auburn.  After his retirement, he enjoyed many activities, including volunteering with hospice care, delivering Meals on Wheels and Senior Packs for the DeKalb County Council on Aging as well as helping to construct several Habitat for Humanity homes in the area.  In 2000, he was the recipient of the Hoosier of the Year Award for the Nine-County Council on Aging and also received a Volunteer of the Year Award from the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum where he volunteered for several years.  Surviving are a daughter, Kathleen Lutz, a missionary to Kenya; sons Scott (Caye) Lutz of Monticello, Indiana; Grant (Tracy) Lutz of Denver, Colorado; Todd (Lori) Lutz of Auburn; and Matthew (Dennis Wilkinson) Lutz of Indianapolis; 5 Grandchildren, Andrea (Jerry) Milliman of Fort Wayne, Sasha (Devon) Hypes of Auburn, Forrest (Selina) of Auburn; Garrett and Bethany of Denver, Colorado; 7 Great Grandchildren, Grace, Olivia, Abigail, Alicia, Isabella, Cameron and Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Evelyn, son Barrett, two brothers Glen and Barton and two sisters Martha Rhinehart and Wilma Schmolt.  A memorial service will be held  3:00 pm Sunday May 20th 2018 at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church 211 West 9th Street, Auburn  with visitation from 2:00-3:00 pm. Rev. Dr. Marcus Carlson will be officiating.   A private family burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Auburn.  Memorials in lieu of flowers can be directed to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the DeKalb Council on Aging or the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum

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