Raymond Luther

October 24, 2013

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Updated: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:02:16 CST

A Memorial Mass for Raymond W. Luther will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Father Thomas Lux officiating. Military Honors will be provided following the Mass at the church by the Offutt U.S. Air Force Base Military Honor Guard. A private family inurnment will be held at the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege.

Raymond Walter Luther, 88 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Ray was born February 27, 1925 at Indianola, Nebraska, the sixth of eleven children of Leo J. and Anna M. (Lennemann) Luther. He received his primary school in Indianola through the 8th grade and then attended high school in Curtis, Nebraska, graduating from the Nebraska School of Agriculture with the class of 1942. Ray then pursued higher education at McCook Jr. College in McCook, Nebraska and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

On August 4, 1944, he was inducted into the Army Air Force, serving his country as a pilot during WW II in the Pacific Theater until his honorable discharge on April 8, 1946. He was decorated with the World War II Victory Ribbon, Air Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and the China Liberation Medal.

On February 7, 1948 he was united in marriage to Betty Jean Carlson at Holdrege and to this union seven children were born: Teresa, Mary, Linda, Karen, Dana, Tom and Connie. At a young age, Ray followed in the footsteps of his father, learning the trade of meat packing. He was employed with his father, Leo at the Luther Locker and Packing Company in Holdrege. In 1949, Ray took over the family business as owner/operator until 1978 when he sold the business. He was then employed in advertising sales until his retirement.

Ray was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege, was a 50 year member of the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in Holdrege and also served as Past Commander and was active with United Commercial Travelers for several years, as a 50 year member. Ray’s hobbies through the years were golfing and playing cards, but most importantly he loved attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Besides his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Kathryn born at rest; three brothers: Bud, Donald and Charles Luther; four sisters: Evelyn Ferree and her husband, Jay, Mary Luther at the age of two and Dorothy Luther at the age of one and Wilma Hoppe and her husband, Ed; and brothers-in-law: Larry Cummings and Bill Needham.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his wife of 65 years, B.J. Luther of Holdrege; five daughters: Teresa Luther and her husband, Art Langvardt of Doniphan, Nebraska, Linda Imel and her husband, Kyle, Karen Benjamin and her husband, Steve, Dana Kness and her husband, Steve all of Holdrege, Connie Florell and her husband, Randy of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one son, Tom Luther of Lincoln, Nebraska; ten grandchildren: Stephanie Noble and her husband, Dan, Matt Benjamin and his wife, Mandy, Cody Benjamin, Kelly Carden and her husband, Tim, Kelsie O’Brien and her husband, Aaron, Kim Hemmer and her husband, Jake, Kristen Schwarz and her husband, Chris, Jarad Kness and his wife, Courtney, Jessica Feilmeier and her husband, Ben, and Jordan Florell; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Luther and his wife, Jennifer; two sisters: Virginia Needham and Jean Cummings; two sisters-in-law: Elaine Luther and Kathryn Luther; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial book signing will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home at Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Ray’s honor and kindly suggested to the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege or the Holdrege Public Schools Foundation.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.