Allen, son of Edward and Esther of West Haven, CT, was born September 11, 1930. He grew up in the Savin Rock section of town. In the second grade, he told his mother he did not think it was right that he had to go to school on his birthday. After joining the Boy Scouts, he quickly became an Eagle Scout in 1946. In High School, he joined the swim team, which practiced at the New Haven YMCA, where he was introduced to the sport of badminton, which became a lifelong passion. After High School, Al went to the University of Connecticut. The summer before his senior year, he returned to West Haven and married the girl across the street, Laura Marie Broga. This began a 60-year relationship. After graduation, he worked as a materials metallurgist for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford. After a few years, he was transferred to Cleveland, Ohio, to monitor the quality of Pratt & Whitney's products supplied by several local vendors. While in the Cleveland area, Allen enrolled at Case Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1960 with a Master's degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Shortly after, he was transferred back to Pratt & Whitney's East Hartford metallurgical laboratory. After several years, Al left to join American Airlines as a material engineer manager in their Tulsa, Oklahoma, aircraft maintenance operations. This works critical nature required him to become a Professional Engineer (PE). After several years, the GE engine business declined, and Al returned to Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford as a Material Consultant for three years. This move brought Allen and his family back to Manchester, CT, where he lived for the rest of his life. Now, it was time for a change in profession. So Al joined Prudential Insurance in Farmington, CT, as a Sales Representative. He was effective and was promoted to sales manager. His team became one of the top ten the next year. After leaving Prudential, he became an agent for Metropolitan Life and Mass Mutual. He later worked for Positions Inc., a professional recruiting business, and then created Lutz
Associates, a self-employed recruiting firm where he had several good years. In 1953, Allen and Laura were detoured to Saint Raphael Hospital for Christmas midnight mass on the ride to St. Francis Church, West Haven. Seven hours later, he was introduced to his Son, Paul. The family continued to grow – Karen was born in Manchester, Patricia in Cleveland, Linda in Manchester, and Ellen in Tulsa. The family returned to Manchester, and all the children graduated from Manchester High School. Allen found time to play badminton. He played for the Connecticut Badminton
Association. He was elected president of the over 300-member association. He played in CBA tournaments for many years. 2001 he played in the Senior National Tournament in Virginia Beach, VA. Allen won three medals: a Bronze in Singles, a Silver in Mixed, and a Gold in Doubles.
He is survived by his son, The Rev. Paul Lutz and his wife, Janet, of Rehoboth Beach, DE; Karen Skeen and her husband Franklin, of Stuart, FL; Patricia Lindholm of Hahira, GA; Linda Lutz of Manchester; and Ellen Francoline and her husband, Robert, of Manchester; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to gather and share memories from 10 am to 11am on Monday, September 11 at the Manchester Funeral Home, 142 East Center Street, Manchester, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester Senior Center, 549 Middle Tpke E, Manchester, CT 06040, or the charity of ones choice.