Ronald G. Lutz, age 83, passed away on September 4, 2023, at his home. He was born June 4, 1940, in Elwood City, PA to George and Hazel (Meeder) Lutz. During his adolescence he lived in Harmony, PA where he was a newspaper carrier and helped with the family-owned Lutz Clothing store in Zelienople, PA. He was graduated from Zelienople High School in 1959, joined the U.S. Navy and served in the deck division on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In 1964, he worked for Hallsted Metals in Zelienople, and in 1965 he moved to Mansfield, OH where he was employed by Ingersoll-Humphreys. In 1966, after his marriage, he moved to Loudonville and worked for Mansfield Plumbing Products in Perrysville. Ron served on their Recreation Club Committee for 3 years and worked on the Old Bowl Line for 39 years, retiring in 2005. During that time, he was chairman of MPP Credit Union Committee for 5 years until elected to the Board of Directors as secretary for 2 years.
Ron volunteered to be Cubmaster of the Loudonville Cub Scout Pack 571, combining the job with being Webelos leader during 1977-80 while his sons were in scouting.
In 1980, he joined the Loudonville Lions Club and served in many capacities in the district including Youth Chairman in charge of Youth Exchange and Leo Club in 1990-93 and State Youth Chairman. He served twice as Zone Chairman and President of the Loudonville Club.
In 1982 he became Secretary of the Loudonville Club for 5 years, then again in 1997 continuing until his death. He also served as Lion Tamer and Bingo Chairman.
In 1986, he was names Lion of the Year, was awarded the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 1995.
Ron was elected District 13-B District Governor in 1996-97, which consisted of 64 clubs. Subsequently he received the 100% Governor’s Award, a 2nd Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, and Council of Governor’s Excellence Award.
In 1997, he was appointed District International Relations Chairman for 2 years, in 1999, District Youth Chairman, and in 2001, State Youth Chairman for 2 years. In 2002, he was appointed District Membership Chairman, subsequently Region 2 Membership Chairman, and District Retention Chairman. Ron Served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for numerous years, and in 2005, was appointed District Retention and Extension Chairman. In 2007, he received the Ohio Lions Foundation Founder’s Award. Most recently he was District OH2 representative to the State Compliance Committee for 3 years and chairman of the District Philanthropic Fund, 2013 until present.
A member of Zion Lutheran Church since 1966, he served a 3-year term as Council member and Council Chairman for 16 months. Was on the Council again in 2010, filling a vacated position for 2 years. Ron was on the Intern Committee, and served as Sunday School Superintendent for 9 years, and was assistant superintendent for 2 years, meanwhile teaching a high school class for several years.
Ron served as a Loudonville Youth Association baseball coach for 6 years, and was a member of the Loudonville Park Board for 10 years having been appointed by the school board.
Surviving is his wife Lois (Hostetter) Lutz, whom he married June 4, 1965, in Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Lucas. They enjoyed 58 years together, and had two cherished sons, Douglas (Cheramie) Lutz of Bucks County, PA, and Dale (Virginia) Lutz of Ft. Wayne, IN. Six grandchildren, Caroline, Christopher, and Michael Lutz of Ft. Wayne, and Maggie, Molly, and Josie Lutz of Bucks County. A sister Norma Jean Buzard of Zelienople, PA and sister-in-law Terry Lutz of Cranberry Township, PA. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Donald Lutz of Zelienople, PA, who died in 2009, and a brother Richard Allen, who died in infancy.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the Loudonville Lions Club and may be mailed to the funeral home.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service, per Ron’s request. A graveside service will be at a later disclosed date in Loudonville Cemetery, followed by dinner in the Lion’s building.
Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Ron’s family and encourages you to share a memory or condolence on Snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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