Richard A. Luttrell, 62, of Rochester, died at 1:45 pm, Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born September 6, 1948 in Springfield, IL to Donald E. and Wilma Jean Noyes Luttrell. He married Carole L. Jenkins on November 23, 1968 and she survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Christina (Partner Linda Davis) Luttrell of Springfield; two grandchildren Ashley (David Nossem) Schwien of Springfield and Brittany Schwien of Springfield; one great-grandchild Mahkayla; three sisters Rita Walker of Springfield, Barb Owens of Elba, AL and Janet Banning of Springfield; 1 brother Ed Luttrell of Springfield and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents; one daughter Carole Michelle Mackanin and one brother Kenneth Luttrell preceded him in death.
Richard was a lifelong resident of the Springfield area and resided in Rochester the past 20 years. He was an avid sky diver, a member of the USPA (United States Parachute Association) with a pro-rating, and a member of the Midwest Parachute Club in Taylorville. Mr. Luttrell served in the Army during Vietnam ’67-’68, in the 2/327 Separate, A Company, 101st Airborne Division. He was a lifetime member of the VFW 755 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Association. Richard was an avid fisherman and a past member of the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail. He was active with the fundraising and completion of the Vietnam Memorial at Oak Ridge Cemetery and traveled to Vietnam 3 times after the war ended. He appeared on Dateline in 2000. Richard retired from the State of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, as a Public Information Officer in 2002. He also worked at the IDPA and Meadow Gold Dairy.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home, Pastor Mark Gifford officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.