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Funeral Service
For
Veva Valetta (Coverdell) Lutz

Prelude Iola Woods
Twenty - Third Psalm
Invocation

Scripture Eccles. 3:1-10, John 14: 1-4, Luke 13: 18-19

Obituary: We come in loving memory of Veva Veletta Lutz who entered into her Father’s House on Tuesday June 11, 1991 from her Bent County Nursing Care-Center. She was born on October 1, 1906 in Isadora, Missouri, which made her 84 years, 8 months old at the time of her death. She married Boyd Lutz on July 19, 1923 at Mt. Ayr, Iowa. She was a long time member of the First Christian Church of Las Animas and organist and pianist at the church for many years, as well as an active member of the Christians Women’s Fellowship, the VFW Auxiliary, the East Side Club, and Ft. Lyon Volunteer Service for many years.

Mrs. Lutz is survived by a large family of
   3 daughters:
      Georgia Lee & Dale Eighme of Tingley, Iowa
            Naomi & Junior Wilson of Sublette, Kansas
Mable and Gerald Meyers of Denver, Colo.
   5 sons:
      Edward & Dorothy Lutz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
      Jim & Susan Lutz of as Animas
      Gene & Carolyn Lutz of Canon City, Colo.
      Bob & Nona Lutz of Adair, Iowa
      William and Phyllis Lutz of Las Animas, Colo.
   1 brother: Roy and Nancy Coverdell of Thatcher, Arizona.
   1 nephew: Jerry & Barbara Coverdell of Pueblo, Colo.
   32 Grandchildren,
   31 Great Grandchildren
   Great-Great Grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd in 1964, a daughter, Shirley, and a son, Thomas

“Mom” Lutz & I were visiting one day while making a pastoral call on my friends in the nursing home, and we were discussing a funeral Scripture. So I read II Corinthians 4: 14f.f. that I had selected and it went like this: “For this reason, we never become discouraged. Even tho our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renew, day after day. And this small & temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts for ever. For we know that when this tent we live in - our body here on earth is torn down, God will have a House in Heaven for us to live in, a Home, He Himself, has made, which will last for ever. While we live in this earthly tent, we grow with the feeling of oppression; it is not that we want to have the heavenly one put on over us, so that what is mortal will be transformed by life. God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and He gave us His Spirit as a guarantee of all that He has in store for us.”

When I paused, Mrs. Lutz said, “Rev. Lee, if you are still at the Christian Church when the “Roll id called up yonder” for me, will you be sure to use that Scripture at my service. It makes me think of a song that I used to play, entitled, “This Old House!” If you can find words to that song, put it with Paul’s description of his earthly body as a “tent”.

After our visit that day, T went thru some of my Hymnals and finally found a recording by one of my favorite quartets and these are the words:

“Ain’t gonna need this house no longer.
Ain’t gonna need this house no more,
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t got time to fix the floor.
Ain’t got time to fix the hinges.
Nor to mend the window pane.
Ain’t gonna need this house no longer,
She’s getting ready to meet the Saints!”

As I thought about the aches and pains that go with diabetes and the infections that don’t seem to heal, I thought of the Apostle Paul with his “thorn in the flesh”, his imprisonments, the beatings, and the normal wear and tear of every day living. For Paul, he knew hid tent was decaying and hurting. But Paul wasn’t depressed about his earthly house where there was groaning for a time. He looks forward to being “absent from the body and present with the Lord.” For Paul, life was not a matter of sight and sound and health and strength. Life was a matter of FAITH, even faith the size of a grain of mustard seed. It was faith in Christ that would open up the door into his father’s Prepared Home for Prepared People!

I can almost hear Paul singing, “O that will be glory for me, Glory for Me! Glory for me!… When all of my labors and trials are over, and I am safe on that beautiful shore. Just to be near the dear Lord I adore, will thru the ages be glory for me!”

And Mom Lutz was one of those “prepared People” who could reach forth her hand to those waiting Hands and walk forth into the future, not knowing what the future holds, but knowing Who holds the future. She walked into her Lord’s waiting arms on Tuesday, knowing that she was done with her old house, and knowing all that “GLORY” that is prepared for those who have loved their Lord.

With this same faith we can be absent from the body and present with the Lord! With this same faith we, too, can walk into our Father’s House that is prepared just for us! And when we walk into His presence, what a day of rejoicing that will be! We can sing and shout this victory!

PATORAL PRAYER
POSTLUDE
COMMITAL SERVICE

Submission by Gene Lutz, July of 2013

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