Howard Lutz, 96, Denver, decorated WWII tank commander, Walter Moyer knitter,

By on May 27, 2015

Howard Lutz, 96, of Denver, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Hospice & Community Care in Mt. Joy after a lengthy illness.

Born in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, the son of the late Ralph M. and Jennie (Flickinger) Lutz. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Weaver) Lutz, who died July 28, 2013.

Howard worked for over 30 years as a knitter for Walter W. Moyer Co. in Ephrata. He retired in 1989. He was a member of the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church and a member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Organization. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and taking care of his family.

During World War II, he served as a tank commander in the U.S. Army 10th Armored Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service in a combat zone. He was also authorized to wear a ribbon decorated with three battle stars for battles in the Rhineland, Central Europe, and the Ardennes. The 10th Armored Division was recognized as a liberating unit by the U.S. Army and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Howard participated in the liberation of one of the Landesberg sub-camps of Dachau concentration camp.

Surviving are two sons: Dale E., married to Sharon (Wade) Lutz, of Harmonyville; and Dean L. Lutz of Ephrata; a daughter: Denise K., married to Barry Buchter, at home; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister: Shirley, married to Ron Wolf of Terre Hill.

Preceding him in death is a sister: Joyce Laudermilch; and two brothers: Richard and Melvin Lutz.

Viewing will be held Thursday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, 209 E. Main St., Terre Hill. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m., at Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, 11 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver, with the Rev. Peter Schawbe-Fry officiating. Interment will be in the Center Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Muddy Creek Church organ fund, 11 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver, PA 17517.

To send the family online condolences visit us at groffeckenroth.com. Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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