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Robert J. "Robbie" Lutes, 52, of Mercer passed away unexpectedly the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at the Cancer Center of America in Zion, Illinois.
Born Feb. 26, 1965, in New Castle, he was a son of Ernest R. and Diana Ambrose Lutes.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Francine Vanazia Lutes, whom he married Dec. 2, 2000.
A 1987 graduate of Union High School, Robbie was a veteran of the Marine Corps, where he served for five years in Beirut and Lebanon.
Mr. Lutes was a Pennsylvania State Trooper until 2010. After his retirement, he was employed as a county detective with the drug task force and an intelligence officer for the Lawrence County Jail for seven years.
Robbie was a football coach for both Kennedy Catholic and Union High School. He was an avid hunter, loved auctions and fishing, and enjoyed decorating for Christmas, his favorite holiday.
He was of Catholic faith and a former member of St. Vitus and St. Lucy's Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Adrianna Lutes and Mya Lutes of Mercer; a stepson, Robbie Abraham Lutes of Mercer; a brother, Nick Lutes of New Castle; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerald and Anna Dailey; and his companions, his three dogs, Titan, Buddy and T.
He was preceded in death by his parents and both of his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church with the Rev. Frank Almade officiating.
Burial will be in St. Lucy's Cemetery, where the New Castle Honor Guard will perform military rites.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on September 1, 2017
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