The Life of Luther W. Balthaser

Luther W. Balthaser, 94, formerly of Kutztown and most recently a resident of The Lutheran Home at Topton, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the widower of Edith M. (George) Balthaser who died on July 4, 2018 and whom he married on July 22, 1950.

Born in Greenwich Township, PA, Luther was a son of the late Walter W. and Verna C. (Christ) Balthaser and was a member of Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Kutztown. After his schooling, Luther worked on the family farm until his enlistment in the United States Army. After his time in the service, Luther was employed by Suburban Gas Company, Lenhartsville, for 29 years until his retirement in 1989.

Luther enjoyed home improvement projects around his home and going for breakfast.

Luther is survived by his son, Brian E. Balthaser, fiancé of Martha Blackwood, Topton, son-in-law, Robert W. Schanzer, Glen Allen, Virginia, widower of predeceased daughter, Gail R. (Balthaser) Schanzer, who died February 16, 2014; and three grandchildren, Bradley and Kyle Balthaser, and Dylan Schanzer.

In addition to his wife, daughter and parents, Luther was predeceased by his two sisters, Edna Leibensperger and Ethel Burkert.

A funeral service to celebrate Luther's life and burial in Fairview Cemetery, Kutztown will be held privately by his family on Thursday, January 7, 2021. 


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The family requests contributions be made in Luther's memory to St. Paul's U.C.C. Memorial Fund, 47 S. Whiteoak Street, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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Luther was a great man and he was always pleasant to talk to He would joke with people and just have fun. I will miss him so very much and his " See you later alligator after while crocodile" That he would tell me every morning. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. May you rest in peace.    I will miss you, Carmella 

Posted by Carmella K on 01/04/2021