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Michael L. Lutes, Sr.

September 21, 1943 - April 10, 2021

Michael L. Lutes, Sr., age 77, of Hockessin, DE, formerly of Newark, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on September 21, 1943, he was the son of the late Herbert and Bethel (LeFevre) Lutes. Michael attended P.S. DuPont High School in Wilmington and proudly served his country in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he made a career in Human Resources with DuPont and Towers Perrin.

Michael met his wife of 54 years, Mary Alice, when attending a spaghetti dinner at Eastlake United Methodist Church and were together ever since. He loved to play and watch golf, University of Delaware football, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael’s life was centered around his family. He was a loving father and devoted Pop Pop to his beloved grandchildren. Michael dedicated himself to attending every football, baseball and soccer game, dance recital, and swim meet.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Mary Alice (Lucas) and children, Cynthia Peden (Michael) of Hockessin, DE, Michael Lutes, Jr. (Jennifer) of Hockessin, DE, David Lutes (Laure) of Wilmington, DE, Deborah Lutes of Bel Air, MD and Mark Lutes (Melissa) of Newark DE; and 10 grandchildren, Sean, Marleigh, Madeline, Grant, Delaney, Benjamin, Gannon, Lucas, Peyton and Blake; and brother, Joseph Lutes (Barbara) of Portage, MI.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, followed by a funeral service at 12 pm. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend Michael’s funeral service can live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael’s memory to The Parkinson’s Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. 


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27 Condolences for Michael L. Lutes, Sr.

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of such a wonderful man. Mike was a true gentleman. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Words cannot express how sad we are to have lost such a special friend, father and PopPop. Our deepest sympathy to his wonderful family ! Much love, Nana and Grandaddy

  • To say I loved this man and he made my day each time I saw him would be an understatement. I will miss his hugs, his silly humor, and his unwavering positivity. Mary Alice – my heart breaks for you and I pray for strength and peace in this sad time. My heart and thoughts are with you. Please let me know if I can do anything.

  • Prayers and Condolences to the Family of Michael Lutes Sr.. He was a very nice man. Love and Blessings.

  • I send my love and prayers to my sister for the lost of her husband and the rest of her family

  • It was a pleasure to have known Mike and his family for over 60 years. Nice people and Mike will be missed.

  • My sincere condolences. Debbi you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. May God comfort you and your family.

  • Mark and Family – I’m saddened to learn of your Father’s passing. Hopefully all of you are doing as well as possible. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

    Matt Jamison

  • I remember Mike as a good classmate in the PS Class of 1961. I’m sorry to learn of his passing.

  • Mary Alice,
    Portia and I remember you and Michael and your family from the dinners we shared as new couples in the Newark United Methodist Church. You have our sympathy and know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  • I’m so very sorry for the loss you and you’re family are are going through. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of a really great guy. My husband Charlie and I both knew him at P.S. – Class of 1961 – I knew him ever since the first grade at George Gray Elementary School. Remember him always laughing and being kind. We always called him Jinks. Our most sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Alice and the family.

  • Mary Alice, I was so sorry to learn of Michael’s passing. Laurie told us last night. I have so many fond memories of our time shared together in Chapel Hill and the many times our children played together, Laurie still keeps up with some of them on Facebook. Please know we are praying for your family and will continue to do so. I know your children will be your strength. We moved to CA to be closer to Laurie as we age. With our continued prayers, Maryann and Don Luh

  • So very sorry to hear of mikes passing

  • I worked with Mike back at Towers. Chatted with a few other former coworkers today when I heard your sad news. The thought and feelings were unanimous, what a wonderful person Mike was! So fortunate our paths were able to cross. Thinking of you all.

  • Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. Sorry to hear about Mike. We have many happy, fun memories of our days at Maclary and Maple Valley

  • I’m so sorry Mary Alice, You know how close we were when we were kids. All the parties and dances we went too. Jinks calling me buttonberger and me calling him Lutesintush, all because we went to P S DuPont. We had some great times and also working with him at Louviers. He will be missed.

  • I am sorry to hear about Uncle Jinks’s passing. I have fond memories of him as a child. When I look back, he was one of the only male role models in my childhood that wasn’t afraid to show his love and kindness to everyone he engaged. I am grateful for those memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Great guy ,family man ,super personality; our heartfelt sympathy to Mary Alice and family.Mike was one of a kind ;condolences from the Breckin family !

  • My family grieves and prays for the entire Lutes family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Jinks was special person. Lots of good memories from PS days.

  • My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am a cousin from Texas. His Mother and my Mother were sisters. Only had the privilege of meeting Jinx once while searching for our roots, he and his family graciously invited us into his home. May God favor all of you with His Blessings.

  • Dear Lutes Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Mike was such a good man.

    With Sympathy,
    Charlie Muzzi

  • I’m sad to learn of Mike’s passing. He was a man I held in high esteem. We worked together at DuPont HR for about 5 years. He gifted my, then very young, daughter with a very large white stuffed bear that once sat in his office. That bear became her sidekick, taking it on vacations, even helping her through middle school anxiety. Mike’s kindness and calm level headed manners were always welcome, especially during the outsourcing of the benefits office. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. God be with you and bring you comfort.

  • Jinks, I gave you a daughter, you gave me a son. We live on through them. Bo Bo ski. Myles PS ‘ 61

  • So sorry for your loss. The memorial video was very touching and I wish all the members of the family a little peace. Sounds like he was a wonderful man. If he’s like my uncle Joe, his brother, I know he was