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Harlan Ray Lutz, Sr.

Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Harlan Ray Lutz, Sr. of Columbia, Mo. passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Harlan was born in Farber on June 4, 1936 to Raymond Harlan and Hilda Marie Lutz. Harlan attended Farber school where he earned a full basketball scholarship in 1954 to Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo.

On May 21, 1995 Harlan married Ada Walcott in Fayette. After marrying Ada, his interests changed to fast pitch softball. In his later years he became an avid bowler and enjoyed playing billiards.

On February 16, 2013, he will be inducted to the Columbia Bowling Hall of Fame. He was also a very talented artist.

In his career which spanned 52 years, he designed furniture and pool tables as well as the factories that built them. He turned a hobby into a thriving business called the WoodGem.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years Ada; son Harlan Ray Jr. and wife Tricia of Hallsville; three daughters, Lori Cook and husband A. Brad of California; Teri White of Hallsville; and Jodi Flatt and husband Michael of Columbia; two sisters Bonnie Branstetter and husband Bob of Farber; Linda Strain and husband Jerry of Vandalia; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at Memorial Funeral Home from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

The Celebration of his life followed at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Gideons, or the donor’s choice.