Richard J. Lutzinger

Born: Mon., May 24, 1943
Died: Wed., Dec. 24, 2014

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Mr. Richard J. “Rick” Lutzinger, age 71, of Patterson, passed away Wednesday afternoon (12/24/14) at his residence following an extended illness.

Born May 24, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was raised in Delray Beach, Florida. He was a Mechanical Design Engineer and had a successful career in Texas and the Silicon Valley, CA before retiring in Patterson in 2000.  These careers included work in the medical equipment field, specifically with fetal heart monitor and anti-embolism pumps; and computer peripherals such as mice, headphones, and calculators. He was highly sought after by Fortune 500 companies, Texas Instruments, Atari, National Semiconductor, Logitech, Medasonics, and Lathrop Engineering.

A devoted licensed Amateur Radio Operator for 37 years, he was instrumental in the coordination of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Group and implementation of emergency communication resources for the regional hospital network, in the event of natural disasters. He received the Jack Hobbs Amateur Radio Award from the Emergency Management Association of Georgia.

Preceding him in death was his father, James C. Lutzinger and his mother, Dorothy (Guckert) Lutzinger.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Cheryl Creasman Lutzinger of Patterson; 2 daughters, Monica Hogendorp (husband Stan) of Frederick, CO and Stephanie Lutzinger of Thornton, CO; his son, Jeff Lutzinger (wife Pam) of Livermore, CA; 7 grandchildren in Colorado, California, and Virginia; several great grandchildren; his younger brother, David E. Lutzinger (of Delores) of Wills Point, TX; his sister-in-law, Vickie Anderson (husband Richard) of Patterson, GA; and his beloved pets, Uno, Max, Missy, Patches, and Tux.

Memorialization is by cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date by the family.

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Teresa Horne
   Posted Wed December 24, 2014
Cheryl and family, I am thinking of you and praying for peace and strength in the difficult days ahead. If I can do anything please let me know. Love you Cheryl.

Larry Ring KJ4WX
   Posted Wed December 24, 2014
My heart is hurting at the loss of a true friend. He will be deeply missed especially by members of the Amateur Radio community.

Tony Walsh
   Posted Fri December 26, 2014
Rick was a great man that truely cared for the people he served throughout the HAM community. I will miss his friendship and will be praying for your during your time of sorrow.

Ben & Jan Lenci
   Posted Sat December 27, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. He was such a wonderful man. We think about you often. Please let us know how you are doing Cheryl. If there is anything we can do for you from CA, just let me know. Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

Carl Sutton KI4MQF
   Posted Sat December 27, 2014
Rick will be missed as a long time friend,teacher and radio buddy,
73's from ki4mqf

Don Guthrie KD4QFG
   Posted Sat December 27, 2014
Sorry for the loss, going to miss a good friend. My prayers are with the family at this time.

Wendy delange
   Posted Sat December 27, 2014
I am so sorry to here of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. I wish I could be there with you!! Love you and miss you all !!!!! Wendy Delange

Doug Carter
   Posted Sun December 28, 2014
Cheryl and Family I will always remember Rick as a person with a caring heart and a tremendous desire to help others. I will miss my Friend.

Doug Carter

David Benoist AG4ZR
   Posted Sun December 28, 2014
Cheryl and family, I never physically met Rick and only spoke with him on one occasion on the phone. But I did see and hear about his successes as Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator for Ware, Pierce, and Brantley Counties. From the things I heard and from the accomplishments he made over the last few months I could tell from this distance he was a good manager and good people person. That is evident from the comments and laments of his close Amateur radio friends. My prayers and thoughts for you, the family, and good friends.

William A. Peacock,Sr. AE4OY
   Posted Sun December 28, 2014
I am sorry about Rick passing.God bless you Mrs. Lutzinger and family.

Richenda Biles
   Posted Mon December 29, 2014
Although I didn't know Rick, I know he was a good man and great Father as I know how wonderful his daughter Stephanie is. I am sending prayers and thoughts to all of you. God Bless....Richenda

Frank Melville
   Posted Mon December 29, 2014
Monica, our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family.

Stephany Smith
   Posted Tue December 30, 2014
I did not know Mr. Rick personally. However, I work with his sister-in-law, Vicki Anderson, and she has shared what a wonderful man he was. Mrs. Cheryl, just know that I am praying for you and your family and am so sorry for your loss.

Jarred Wellington KM4AAC
   Posted Wed December 31, 2014
I am very sorry to hear about Mr. Rick's passing. He has been a great friend, and mentor to me since I became involved in Ham Radio. He will be missed by all of us.

Earle "Lee" McConaha KK4TKH
   Posted Wed December 31, 2014
Dear Cheryl & Family,
I am only a recent friend of Rick's as I just joined the ranks of
the Amateur Radio. Rick was very helpful to me in getting started and
gave me support in that area as well as cancer when I was diagnosed
with bone cancer. There is no way I could thank him enough for his

Brad and Marlene Saathoff
   Posted Mon January 05, 2015
Our Condolences to the family.

Buck Ward, Delray Beach, Fl.
   Posted Mon January 05, 2015
My sincere sympathy to the family. Knew them well while they were here. Remember James and David playing catch at their home on Dixie Blvd.

Michael Goddard KK4BSO
   Posted Mon January 05, 2015
I am truly sorry to hear of Rick's passing. He will surely be missed in the Amateur Radio Community. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him and will treasure what he taught me. No one will ever be able to replace him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

Charles Wolf
   Posted Mon January 12, 2015
Dear Cheryl,David and all the Lutzinger family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Rick. I have wonderful memories of Rick and myself hanging out, playing little league baseball, pony league, and high school basketball. He was a good friend growing up and I'm sure he'll be greatly missed by everyone. Kindest Regards, Chick Wolf

Harland W. Sexton
   Posted Mon December 26, 2016
I am truly Sorry to hear of Rick's passing.We shared the duties of Quarterback playing in a Midget Football game for seventh and eighth graders. We were in the eighth grade. The game was at the Seacrest High School field; a one night event. The game played out to a tie, but if we learned anything that night it was to stand our ground and Rick did that very well. My condolences to Rick's family and sympathy to those whom came to know him over the years . Respectfully, Harlie Sexton.

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