Garry Lutz

Garry Dean Lutz

Monday, April 8th, 1940 - Saturday, November 16th, 2019
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Garry Dean Lutz left November 16 to be with his lord while the love of his life, Carol, was by his side. He was born in Nebraska and a few days after he graduated from Hastings High School, he was on a train to Navy boot camp.

He spent almost 30 years of his life serving in the Navy. His distinguished career began with recruit training in San Diego in 1958, and then went to work on the old AD6-7 Skyraider with the VA-145 Swordsmen.

He completed two Far East cruises aboard the USS Oriskany before joining the VA-115 Arabs in three combat cruises in Southeast Asia aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. There he assisted in the shelling of Quemoy and Matsu Island, mining of Hyphong Harbor and was selected for a specials weapon for President John F. Kennedy. From 1964 to 1968, he returned to San Diego as Company commander at a time when it was unpopular to be in the service. Returning to the operational Navy in 1968 as a P-3A aircrewman assigned to VP-8, based Patuxent River, MD. Then it was back to recruit training, this time at Great Lakes. While there he was awarded RTC Distinguished Leadership Award for 1975 and was promoted to chief petty officer.

He was selected to be plank owner of the USS Nimitz, homeported to Norfolk where he served as CPO in charge of the bomb assembly crew. Next, he was assigned to VP-44 in Brunswick where he became chief warrant officer. In 1978, he became the squadron gunner for VA-165 here at Whidbey and has lived here ever since. Three years later, he took over as assistant weapons officer of NAS Whidbey Island and was promoted to CW04. From 1983 to January 1987 he was VA-95's ordnance officer embarking aboard USS Enterprise for the Suez Canal transit in 1986 before transferring to the Medium Attack Weapons School.

He retired from the Navy after having served in 10 pay grades over 29 continuous years. It is no small wonder that his protégés call him the "Legend". He retired as a CW04 Weapons Officer in July 1987. He and Carol loved to travel and even opened an Antique Shop (Antique World) at one time in Oak Harbor.

He is survived by his wife Carol of 35 years and 5 children, three sons Timothy Lutz, Theodore Lutz and stepson Kelly Campbell. He also leaves behind two daughters. He had many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As requested, there will not be a funeral service. He will be interred at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville at a later date.
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    Sunnyside Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    COUPEVILLE, WA 98239
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  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Expert Pistol Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Lion's Club
  • NAS Whidbey Island
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Navy E Ribbon
  • Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • U.S. Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • US Navy Reserve
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Gallantry Cross
  • Vietnam Service Medal


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Annie Sandlin

Posted at 07:06pm
Garry was my cousin and the only one other than our grandmother to call me Annie. I always hoped I’d get to visit with him and Carol again and my heart is heavy at her loss. I just found out today he was gone. I’m so sorry I didn’t know sooner. My love to him where he is and my love to Carol during this difficult time

Kelly Campbell

Posted at 02:38pm
As I sit here in mourning for a father I never seemed to get to know, but he made a life long impression in my life and will be with me until it's my turn. Good Journeys Garry Your loving stepson Kelly Campbell

carol lutz

Posted at 12:42pm
I lost my precious Garry a few weeks ago. It is very difficult, but I am slowly learning to live with it. He was my everything. We did have children from previous marriages – we married when I was 40 & he 44, after prior disastrous relationships we both were delivered from.
We were together almost 35 years, and during the last 3 years or so, he became ill from pain of scar tissue from surgeries and UTIs, but did not complain, rather was grateful for the life God gave us. He was loving and personable, and a very devoted and loving husband and father. As time went on and we denied that time was growing shorter – our love grew even more and we were inseparable. His passing was very quick, even though he did have health issues; he died unexpectedly of diverticulitis and septic shock. No chance to really say good-bye.
No matter where I am – I am alone without him. Our children are so loving and attentive, but I cannot spend holidays with what’s left of his family as of yet. I dread holidays, with the constant depictions of happy families & friends getting together in idyllic settings. I can’t wait till they’re over, and I know there are many who feel as I do. Their lives will never be the same happy one they knew, because that one so precious isn’t with them. I am not an ungrateful person; God has been good to me. But – I will never be happy until I am re-united with my love, my soul mate. How could I be? He was my everything

John Schork

Posted at 02:21pm
The Gunner was the consummate professional and a true shipmate. It was a pleasure to have known and served with him. Fair winds and following seas......

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