Clifford Charles Lutz Jr., 49, of New Bern, N.C., suddenly passed on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
He was born March 3, 1967, and known to family as "Charlie," in Berwick, Pa., the beloved son of Bonnie Perko, Clifford Charles Sr., and Donna Lutz. He was married to the former Krista Kissinger who survives.
He was a 1985 graduate of Central Columbia High School, Bloomsburg. He then attended Scranton University through 1989 where he earned bachelor's degrees in both biology and philosophy. After this, he attended medical school at the Uniformed University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. He graduated in 1993 with a medical doctorate and was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps. He completed a residency in emergency medicine and after serving on active duty for 29 years, he retired as a colonel. His service included positions as a flight surgeon, an emergency medicine physician and a hospital commander. He was highly respected in the special operations community. He served with 3rd Special Forces Group, which included a lengthy tour in Afghanistan. Additionally, he was a talented clinician and educator serving as academic faculty at Brooke Army Medical Center and as a professor of military and emergency medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine (USUHS). His final assignment was as Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS where he was called to inspire and educate the next generation of military physicians. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 awards) and various additional personal, unit and campaign awards including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Parachutist Badge, Naval Diving Medical Badge and Scuba Diver Badge.
Cliff was board certified as an emergency medicine physician. Since his retirement from the Army two years ago, he actively provided emergency care in several civilian medical facilities on the Carolina Coast, most recently at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and also enjoyed cycling and motorcycle riding. He was an active participant of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Fort Belvoir, Virginia chapter, and attended the Garber United Methodist Church in New Bern.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three sisters, Tammy Rubenstein, Jennifer Nowakoski and Ronda Gaizick; three nephews, Jason and Christopher Nowakoski and James Gaizick; and two nieces, Brittany Nowakoski and Rachel Gaizick.
A memorial service will be held in the town in which he grew up at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evansville United Methodist Church, 8 Lights Road, Berwick. A second memorial service will be held in the town where he and his wife reside at 2 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, New Bern.
Cliff's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honor to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (a subdivision of the Wounded Warrior Project): https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/projecthealingwatersflyfishing
Arrangements are by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations, Maysville, N.C.
Published on August 30, 2016