Lester Leonard Lutz
Lester Lutz passed away Saturday, February 20th at Hillsboro Kaiser Hospital.
Lester was born in Redland, Oregon, the youngest of five children born to Paul and Rosa Lutz. He grew up at the Redland dairy, which his family owned and operated. Lester left school early to join the army at the age of 17 and served in Korea. He met Gladys Reynolds in 1959 and they were married in 1962. He worked for Alford logging and other logging companies, setting chokers, building roads, and running shovel before retiring in 1999. In addition to his regular job, he also owned and operated a sawmill with his friend Selmer Bolkan in Redland, Oregon, and took side jobs falling and topping trees and doing work with his D4 caterpillar.
He also made time to coach little league and umpire. After retiring Lester kept busy raising beef, but his favorite pastime was attending storage auctions, buying and selling units. He loved the thrill of the bidding wars, and he made many friends at the auctions. Lester enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and whitewater rafting. He also loved to play poker, pinochle, and cribbage.
Lester was predeceased by his parents and 3 of his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Lutz, his children Teresa Bell and Todd Lutz, his sister Betty Alford, his grandchildren, Kristin and Steven Bell and Kelly Lutz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. We will always cherish our memories of him, he was a great storyteller and had a wonderful sense of humor.
There will not be a memorial service at this time. Donations can be made to the Parkinson's foundation.