Richard “Rick” Bennett Luther, of South Whitley, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, at the age of 60. He lost his battle with pancreatic cancer but gained a new body and home in heaven.
He was born on Oct. 14, 1962, in Noble County, to Peggy J. (Middleton) Hartman and Franklin W. Luther. Rick was a 1982 graduate of East Noble High School. On June 16, 1993, Rick married the love of his life, Cathy Lynn Overbey, and were blessed to share 30 years together before he passed away.
Rick worked as a plumber for most of his life and was a reliable employee for Redman Plumbing Services in Columbia City, for over 25 years and also worked for a year for New Plumbing and Heating in Warsaw. He was of Pentecostal faith and dearly enjoyed spending time with his wife, Cathy. He loved his wife and always put her needs first before his own during his illness. He enjoyed getting together with his friends every Saturday for a meal, and he always enjoyed a good trip camping. Rick was a big-hearted person and would help anyone in need. Over the years he could be counted on by many of his friends in his community. Rick will be forever remembered as a faithful husband, loving son, brother and friend to many who will be dearly missed.
He leaves behind his wife, Cathy Luther, South Whitley; mother, Peggy J. Hartman, Peru; sister, Arlene Luther (David) Miller, Edwardsville, Ind.; half-brother, Arlie Hartman, Indianapolis; and half-sister, Amanda Luther Holmer, Indianapolis. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Mary Bell Overbey, Claypool; brother-in-law, Jamie (Stephanie) Overbey, Silver Lake; and his sister-in-law, Patty (John) Lyons, Bourbon. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin W. Luther, on March 11, 2008, and his father-in-law, James Edward Overbey, on August 3, 2023
Rick’s life will be celebrated with a funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, and officiated by Pastor Luther Bailey at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. Friends and family may visit an hour prior to the service from 9-10 a.m. A graveside service will follow at South Whitley Cemetery in South Whitley.
Friends and family are invited for a funeral dinner at 12:30 p.m. after the graveside service Monday, Sept. 18, at Amvets Post 2919, 234 S. State St., South Whitley.
Memorial donations may be directed to Cathy Luther, 105 W. Pine St., South Whitley, IN 46787 to go toward care for daily and medical expenses.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.