John Alexander ?Jack? Lutjens, 82, West Fargo, ND, formerly of Valley City, ND, died Sunday, July 8, 2007 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo.
Jack was born April 19, 1925 to Henry and Melinda (Lemley) Lutjens in Pillsbury, ND. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in October 1943. He served in Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. He received two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, and several other campaign medals. After returning from Europe, Jack spent 13 months recovering from injuries before he was discharged and returned to Valley City. He married Helen Linerud in 1943.
Jack worked for Barnes County Highway Department before beginning his career with the U. S. Post Office. He retired in 1985 after 27 years of service.
He married Charlotte Schmitz Anderson on April 19, 1975.
Jack?s hobbies included gardening, hunting, fishing, and playing cribbage. He enjoyed family, friends, and great neighbors. Jack will be remembered for his love of recycling and sharing. He was a member of the Eagles, VFW, and DAV.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Diana Wieland, Sibley, ND, three sons, Dale (Lorraine) Lutjens, Bismarck, ND, John Lutjens, Valley City, ND, Rodney Lutjens, West Fargo, ND; daughter-in-law, Sherri Lutjens, Valley City, ND; stepchildren, Debra Anderson, Milwaukee, WI, Guy Anderson, Spring, TX, Joy (Pat) Green, Dublin, GA, Cheri (Charles) Burg, St. Joseph, MN, Ryan (Sharlene) Anderson, Fargo, ND, Darrin (Barb) Anderson, West Fargo, ND; 16 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, He is also survived by his sister, Susie (Mike) Larson, Scottsdale, AZ; and brother, Vern Lutjens, Riverside, CA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Keith Lutjens, and grandson, Thomas Wieland Jr., brother, Henry Lutjens, and sister, Betty Skjefte, and his dog, Molly.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital or American Heart Association.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2007, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo
Prayer Service: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Boulger Funeral Home
Funeral: 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2007, Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo, ND
Burial: 1 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2007, ND Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND
Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND
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