Gustav Lutz

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Gustav Lutz

Gustav R. Lutz, 85 of Elkader, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his daughter’s house under hospice care.

Gustav was born April 16, 1933, in Elkader, Iowa, to Gustav A. and Caroline A. Lutz. He received his education at Central Community School. Gustav was a golden glove boxer from the age of 12 to 14. Gustav was united in marriage to Marjorie Peterson in June 1953, and later divorced. He was united in marriage to Louise E. Phelps on June 16, 1956. He worked at the Lutz Locker and later owned the Locker until it closed in 2010.

Gustav served in the United States Army from 1953-54, serving in Germany as an Army cook. In 2013, he had the privilege of flying on the honor flight. Gustav served as the Leader of the Volga Valley Feeders 4H club for several years. He was an active member of the Whistling Bit Trail Ride Club for many years. Gustav was a member of the Iowa Meatpackers Association. Gustav was an active member of the American Legion Post 106 and provided military honors for numerous veterans.

He is survived by five children, Steve (Donna) Lutz of Elkader, IA; Gustav W. Lutz of Strawberry Point, IA; Walter E. Lutz and Rosanna L. (Robert) Zamora both of Elkader, IA; William G. (Susan) Lutz of Fort Benning, GA; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (and 1 on the way), many friends including his “Pronto Buddies.”

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Gustav A. and Caroline A. Lutz, his wife, of 54 years, Louise E. Lutz, a sister, Katherin Lutz, a brother Lester Lutz, and a daughter Kimberly L. Lutz.

A memorial service with military honors was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Grace Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Lee Smith officiating. Visitation was held there from 1 p.m. until service time. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service assisted the family. Online condolences may be left with

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