Harlan Ray Lutz Sr

unknown - December 11, 2012

Harlan Ray Lutz Sr., 76, of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012. In his younger years, Harlan enjoyed basketball and earned a full scholarship to Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo. which he attended in 1955. After marrying Ada, his interests changed to fast pitch softball. In his later years he became an avid bowler and enjoyed playing billiards. On Feb. 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. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ada Walcott Lutz; a son and daughter-in-law, Harlan Ray Jr. and Tricia Lutz; three daughters, Lori Cook and her husband A. Brad, Teri White and Jodi Flatt and her husband Michael; two sisters, Bonnie Branstetter and her husband Bob and Linda Strain and her husband Jerry; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at the Memorial Funeral Home from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012. The Celebration of his life will follow at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, the Gideons, or the donor's choice. Condolences can be left at

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