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Gerald D. “Jerry” Luter, Sr.

Gerald D. "Jerry" Luter, Sr.

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.

 

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  1. Norbert Shacklette Pres. NARVRW#56 says:

    The Members and Officers of NARVRE, National Association of Retired and Veteran
    Railroad Employees, Unit#56 offer our deepest sympathy to the Luter Family on the passing of our member Gerald Luter Sr. R.I.P. .

  2. Kevin & Jennifer Triefenbach says:

    Jerry was one of a kind…sweet, kind, humble and loving. Couldn’t have asked for a better person to meet. He will be missed by many, including our family.
    Much sympathy to the family. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Dan Marchbanks Sr. says:

    A Good & Decent Man. Need more like Him. Honored to be your friend.
    Thanks Jerry.

  4. Paula Wathen says:

    I am a co-worker with Kami, and I want extend my prayers and sincere sympathy to her and all her family at the loss of her father. In working with Kami, I couldn’t help but notice the closeness she shared with her father in conversations we have shared. I know her kindness and good work ethics is a reflection of him, as parents are often the ones who give us a first taste of what the world is about and what it has to offer. That is truly a gift to treasure. Even though this time of separation is difficult, I know as time goes by the times shared in laughter and life will be a treasure to everyone.

  5. My deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family for your loss. Jerry was the kind of person you liked the first time you met him. May God grant you all peace and strenghth at this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

    • Mike Dean says:

      I had the honor of working with Jerry at the UP. He was a great teacher and friend. I just read about his passing in the SMART-TD News. I am still in shock. The last time I saw Jerry was at Belleville Memorial Hospital. His mom & my mom were patients/roomates at the time.
      Noot & family I extend my heartfelt condolences.

      He was a great man.

  6. Skeeter Tapley says:

    Use to drag race together in the mid and late 60’s . Good friend

  7. Jim & Vicky Eden says:

    Dear Luter Family, We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We have fond memories of golfing together with him and sharing railroad stories. Your Dad was a good man that will be missed by all who knew him. You have our deepest sympathy. Jim & Vicky Eden

  8. Randy Ferguson says:

    We will miss you Jerry, as we miss Vickie. The one comfort in loosing you, is we know you are with the love of your life, Vickie. The Lord has you both together again in Heaven. Love you both!

  9. Randy and Helen Ferguson says:

    We will miss you Jerry, as we miss Vickie. The one comfort in loosing you, is we know you are with the love of your life, Vickie. The Lord has you both together again in Heaven. Love you both!

  10. Larry McGuire and Ann McGuire says:

    Good bye my dear friend; I will truly miss you. But I know that as I write this you are dancing with Vickie, and probably discussing some Lions business and policies of the New Athens Home for the Aged.
    Your family and others are hurting, but I know they have many fond memories to comfort them in this time of sorrow.

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  1. Good bye my dear friend; I will truly miss you. But I know that as I write this you are dancing with Vickie, and probably discussing some Lions business and policies of the New Athens Home for the Aged.
    Your family and others are hurting, but I know they have many fond memories to comfort them in this time of sorrow.

    Reply
  2. We will miss you Jerry, as we miss Vickie. The one comfort in loosing you, is we know you are with the love of your life, Vickie. The Lord has you both together again in Heaven. Love you both!

    Reply
  3. We will miss you Jerry, as we miss Vickie. The one comfort in loosing you, is we know you are with the love of your life, Vickie. The Lord has you both together again in Heaven. Love you both!

    Reply
  4. Dear Luter Family, We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We have fond memories of golfing together with him and sharing railroad stories. Your Dad was a good man that will be missed by all who knew him. You have our deepest sympathy. Jim & Vicky Eden

    Reply
  5. Use to drag race together in the mid and late 60’s . Good friend

    Reply
  6. My deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family for your loss. Jerry was the kind of person you liked the first time you met him. May God grant you all peace and strenghth at this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

    Reply
    • I had the honor of working with Jerry at the UP. He was a great teacher and friend. I just read about his passing in the SMART-TD News. I am still in shock. The last time I saw Jerry was at Belleville Memorial Hospital. His mom & my mom were patients/roomates at the time.
      Noot & family I extend my heartfelt condolences.

      He was a great man.

      Reply
  7. I am a co-worker with Kami, and I want extend my prayers and sincere sympathy to her and all her family at the loss of her father. In working with Kami, I couldn’t help but notice the closeness she shared with her father in conversations we have shared. I know her kindness and good work ethics is a reflection of him, as parents are often the ones who give us a first taste of what the world is about and what it has to offer. That is truly a gift to treasure. Even though this time of separation is difficult, I know as time goes by the times shared in laughter and life will be a treasure to everyone.

    Reply
  8. A Good & Decent Man. Need more like Him. Honored to be your friend.
    Thanks Jerry.

    Reply
  9. Jerry was one of a kind…sweet, kind, humble and loving. Couldn’t have asked for a better person to meet. He will be missed by many, including our family.
    Much sympathy to the family. So sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  10. The Members and Officers of NARVRE, National Association of Retired and Veteran
    Railroad Employees, Unit#56 offer our deepest sympathy to the Luter Family on the passing of our member Gerald Luter Sr. R.I.P. .

    Reply

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