DAVENPORT — Charles “Charlie” “Chuck” Luther, 69, of Davenport, left this earthly plane after a short, energetic battle with pulmonary fibrosis Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded by Illinois Cremation Centers, Lombard, Illinois.
A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. March 26 at Izaak Walton League, 8402 N. Harrison St., Davenport.
Donations may be made to Charlie's Davenport family or Izaak Walton League.
Born Feb. 21, 1947, to Betty (Fischer) and Charles Luther Sr. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charlie was the second of five siblings, JoAnn, Douglas, Pamela and Patrick.
Growing up in Davenport, Charlie graduated from Assumption High School in 1965. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he met Lois Lund, with whom he had three children, Sena, Miro and Orin. Charlie and Susan Thompson later added Clair Michelle to the extended family.
He worked for nearly 15 years at J and D Stereo, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he was the master of creating speakers for every purpose, from airplane to watercraft. Other odd jobs occupied his time in Idaho while finishing his degree in education, but he will be most remembered for fixing things for others, as well as his love of music. He was part of numerous bands over his 55 musical years, including Greasy Lettuce in the Davenport area in the late 1960s. He loved to tinker and apply theory to audio, electrical and mechanical things. Piloting his homemade sailboat was a joy he experienced far too little. He was just as happy discussing music theory or philosophy as he was fixing a car, and his witty sarcasm will be missed.
Charlie moved back to Davenport in 2009 where he became reacquainted with Assumption classmate, Phyllis Viner and was able to live out the remainder of his life within her love.
In addition to his children, siblings and Phyllis, he leaves behind grandsons, Orion and Liam.
Charlie was influential to many people in Idaho and Iowa, especially Phyllis's Davenport family of Jim and Patty Schulz, Julie and Eugene Lensing and Jeff and Kathy Schulz, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren he loved so much. He embraced Phyllis's TriYoga community in Davenport and many parts of the United States, making yoga an integral part of his life.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Charles Sr.