Dr. Willard Ben Lutz

Dr. Willard Ben Lutz passed away peacefully in his Sarasota home on Monday, May 19, 2014, with family by his side.

He was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Parkersburg, to George and Helen Lutz.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline Lutz, and is survived by his three children, Travor and wife, Verna, and Todd and wife, Shelley, and his daughter, Tonya Lutz; as well as his brother, Richard Lutz.

Willard graduated from Marietta High School, attended Marietta College, then moved to Berea, Ohio, and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Baldwin Wallace College in 1960. Willard valued education as a core value and he continued on to earn an MBA in Marketing Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1966, and his Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University. He continued his love of education through a lifelong career at Baldwin Wallace College from 1966-2008. In retirement, Willard enjoyed traveling and his volunteer work in Sarasota, Fla., leading tours at the Ringling Museum of Art and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Those who knew him best will miss his eternal optimism and desire to encourage others to be their best. Willard will be remembered for going out of his way for others, incredible storytelling, creative hospitality and talent for cooking and baking.

The family is planning a memorial service in celebration of Willard’s life on June 8, 2014, at the Lafayette Riverboat Hotel at 101 Front Street in Marietta. Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. with social time following.

It was Willard’s wish for guests to visit the Cogswell & Lutz gravesites at Oak Grove Cemetery following the gathering; maps will be provided at the service.