Gerald D. “Jerry” Luter, Sr., 72, of New Athens, IL, born June 27, 1949, in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Thursday February 17, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Luter retired after 42 years as a railroad switchman for Alton & Southern, Cotton Belt and Union Pacific rail lines. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL, Masonic Emeth Lodge 1030 in Cahokia, IL, Scottish Rite Bodies of So. IL, Ainad Shriners, Order of Eastern Star 542, New Athens Lions Club, New Athens Sportsman Club and the United Transportation Union Alumni Association.
Mr. Luter was preceded in death by his parents – Woodrow J. and Lucille E. (Ballard) Luter and his beloved wife – the former Vickie Sue Lischer, whom he married on February 17, 2001, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL and who preceded him in death on August 13, 2021.
Jerry is survived by son – Gerald D. “Noot” Luter, Jr. of Dupo, IL, son Ryan K. (Stacie) Luter of Waterloo, IL, daughter – Kami L. Luter of Columbia, IL, step-son – Marc C. (Janice) Maurer of New Athens, IL, two brothers – Thomas R. Luter and Douglas W. (Stephanie) Luter, both of Cahokia, IL and five grandchildren – Kayla Luter, Jocelyn Luter, Kayleigh Luter, Jackson Luter and Deric J. Maurer.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s honor are encouraged to be made to the New Athens Home for the Aged which was a cause both he and Vickie were very passionate about.
Visitation: Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday February 21, 2022, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday February 22, 2022, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday February 22, 2022, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.