Dennis Paul Lutz of Cambridge Springs transitioned to the next phase of his journey on April 20, 2020.
He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Denny was born in Meadville, PA, on Feb. 16, 1952, the son of Paul Russell Lutz and Betty Mecca Lutz. He grew up in Saegertown where he played on French Creek, worked at the local gas station, and enjoyed the friendships and values of small-town life. Denny loved music as a child and had an angelic voice. He sang soprano in a boys’ choir for several years and made appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He played cornet in the Meadville Thunderbirds Drum & Bugle Corps and was a member of the Saegertown High School band. His years as a member of The David Mead Blues Band gave him the opportunity to develop his stage presence which served him well later in his career as a college professor. He excelled at guitar and trumpet but could play nearly any instrument.
Denny married the love of his life, the former Jan M. Kuntz, on June 8, 1974, and they were blessed with 46 years of marriage. He worked as a carpenter in younger years, eventually teaching Speech/Language Pathology at Edinboro University. Denny loved sharing his knowledge, insight, wit, humor and philosophy with an eager audience. He held himself, his colleagues, and his students to high standards. Denny was a remarkable educator, inspiring fierce intellectuals and better citizens of humanity, and many students remained close long beyond the classroom. He was a member of the Cambridge Springs Masonic Lodge, serving as current and past master. His other interests included local history, landscaping his property, dogs, writing and travel.
Denny was a very kind and compassionate man who generously shared his skills with family, friends, neighbors and community. Denny had a gift for engaging people. He was ever the teacher and counsellor, sharing stories with anyone who would share in return. He overcame a number of challenges in his life, drawing from deep spiritual strength to find grace and courage.
Above all, he loved and supported his family. He was an untiring supporter of his wife Jan’s art career. He restored the former Cambridge Springs National Bank, earning an historic preservation award, and gave it new life as Kelly Run Gallery and Framing, which showcased Jan’s work and promoted other area artists. He was very involved in his children’s lives and very proud of the fine adults they have become.
He was pre-deceased by brother, Russell H. Lutz; nephew, Travis A. Barco; and brother-in-law, William J. Morris.
He is survived by his wife, Jan of Cambridge Springs; his daughter, Zada Komara, Ph.D., of Lexington, KY; his son and daughter-in-law Zachary and Miriam Lutz of Cambridge Springs; his sister Dolly (Delma) Morris of Saegertown, and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Joyce Kuntz;and brother-in-law Karl (Laura) Kuntz of St. Marys PA, sisters-in-law Kathi (Greg) Pierce and Connie (Woody) Turner of SC, Jack (Debby) Kuntz of UT, and several nieces and nephews on his wife’s side.
A Celebration of Life party will be held at a later date to be announced. Donations in his memory can be made to the Cambridge Springs Public Library, the Cambridge Springs Historical Society, or the Cambridge Springs Covenant Lodge # 473.