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September 2004

 

 

Charles Leroy “Sam” Lutz was born November 21, 1925 in Holton, Jackson County, Kansas, and died July 8, 2004 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. He is survived by his wife Lois, sons Bruce of Ponca City, OK, Brad of Pittsburg, PA, Greg of Topeka, daughter Kerrie Roberts of Topeka, KS,   two step-daughters, Virginia Head and Christine Cavender of Topeka, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sam was laid to rest July 13, 2004 in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. He had a large extended family and a life-long accumulation of friends. There was standing room only at his memorial service in the Mt. Hope Chapel.

Sam served in the United States Navy during WW2 (1942-1946) and during the Korean War (1951-1954). His primary passion was golf, and he continued to indulge himself—though on a limited schedule in recent years—until he died. Other main interests were fishing, hunting, gardening, reading, and his little white dog Sassy.

Sam’s vocation was barbering, and he was at his barber chair, still working three days a week, when he died. He had a vast following of loyal customers, and as he cut back on his work schedule it was only the oldest customers, and perhaps the most determined, that ended up on Sam’s appointment list. Family members, wanting Sam to be prepared when he got to Heaven, put a golf putter, a package of golf balls, one of his favorite books, and his barbering kit in his coffin. 

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Lindsay Meredith Caputo, daughter of Louis F. Caputo and Lynn Miller Caputo of Anchorage, Alaska, was married June 18, 2004, in Anchorage, to Patrick Kelton Dawson, son of Bob and Nancy Dawson of Anchorage. The couple will make their home in Englewood, Colorado.

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Charles William Erwin II, son of Charles and Holly Erwin of Mayfield, Kentucky, and g-g-g-grandson of Joseph Lafayette Erwin, graduated with honors May 22, 2004 from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He received a B.A. in Computer Science, and plans to continue his studies in the doctoral program at the University of Kentucky.

Transylvania University is the nation’s sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning (oldest west of the Alleghenies), and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

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Sydney Gray Erwin was born April 19, 2004 in Mayfield, Kentucky. Sydney is the daughter of James Timothy Erwin and Amie Blaylock Erwin; a granddaughter of Rob Roy Erwin and Wanda Gray Erwin of Murray, Kentucky, and a g-g-g-granddaughter of  Joseph Lafayette Erwin.

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Tristan Michael Devening was born July 15, 2004 in Emporia, Kansas. Tristan is the son of Michael and Shauna Devening of New Strawn, Kansas. Grandparents are Steve and Linda Austin of  Burlington, Kansas, and great-grandparents are Oran and Flossie (Erwin) Austin. Tristan is also the 6th great-grandson of Catherine Cowan Erwin

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Alyssa Nicoal Relph was born August 10, 2004 in Chanute, Kansas. She is the daughter of Lynsee Nicoal (Carter) and Joe Relph of Chanute. Grandparents are Greg and Toni Carter of rural Altoona, Kansas, and great-grandparents are Jimmie and Trisha Austin. Alyssa is also the seventh great-granddaughter of Catherine Cowan Erwin.

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