ONEONTA – Richard Frederick Lutz, 91, the contractor and business visionary who founded Lutz Feed, passed away on April 2, 2018.
He was born on March 8, 1927, in Roxbury, the son of Frederick and Lena Lutz. His siblings were Edna and Herbert, more affectionately known as Deak. He was educated at Roxbury Central School.
Dick served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1945 to 1946.
On Oct. 26, 1952, he married the music teacher of Roxbury Central School, Marjorie Webster. They had two sons, Steven and Robert.
Following his stint in the military, Dick returned to Roxbury and worked as a building contractor. He built more than 100 homes in the Margaretville, Roxbury and Stamford area.
In November of 1958, he formed the Lutz Feed Company, In 1976, when the railroad stopped running in Roxbury, he moved the operation to Oneonta. Lutz Feed continues to operate in its third generation.
He served many years on the board of directors for the National Bank of Roxbury, the D&D Railroad, and Cooperative Feed Dealers.
His passions were work and his workshop. Dick was intelligent, industrious, ambitious, a mentor, thinker and visionary. He enjoyed a good road trip with friends and his drink “stiff.”
Dick is survived by his children, Steven and Nancy Lutz, Robert and Stephanie Lutz; grandchildren, Sarah and Jason Ramos, Blake and Nicole Lutz, Kurt Lutz and Nick and Donna Lutz; and great-grandchildren, Addilee Lutz, Dakota Lutz, Kenzie Lutz and Grant Lutz.
Services for Dick will be held in his shop at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.