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August 24, 2006

(6/9/1931 Ė 8/16/2006)

John Ed Luther passed away August 16, 2006, at his home in Memphis.

He was born June 9, 1931 in Keokuk, IA, to Albert and Laura Newby Luther. John spent most of his life in Memphis, MO. John Ed attended Memphis public schools and later went on to receive his undergraduate degree at Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO. It was while at Central Methodist that John met his future wife, Elizabeth Ann Evans Luther. John Ed and Ann were married March 1, 1953 in Huntsville, MO.

After college John Ed joined the United States Navy attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. John Ed was an officer on the Pandemus, ARL 18 from 1953-1956. While in the Navy, John Ed and Ann had their first son, John Edward II (Jack). After his Navy years, John Ed went on to law school at the University of Missouri, Columbia and received his LLB; Dr. Of Law in 1959. It was during their years in Columbia that a second son, James Melville (Jim) was born.

John Ed and Ann returned to Memphis where he began his law career with his grandfather and father at Luther and Luther, Attorneys at Law. A third son, David Michael, was born to the couple in 1959.

John Ed practiced law during the 1960s and 1970s. He was elected Associated Circuit Judge in 1980 and held that position until his retirement in 2000.

John Ed was a member and former Deacon and Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis. He was a 50-year member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 A.F. & A.M., and active member of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Rotary Club International, and a former member of both the Memphis Lionsí Club and the Jaycees. John was a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the University of Missouri Alumni Association, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Chi fraternity. John Ed was also a member of the Memphis Country Club (later Timber Ridge).

John Edís life revolved around his wife, Ann, and his sons and grandchildren. John Ed had a deep respect for the law and enjoyed his career as an attorney and judge. John Ed enjoyed working and performing with the Memphis Community Players. He also loved sports, especially golf, and was renowned for his skills on the course. He was a loyal friend to many and they returned that loyalty.

John is survived by his wife Ann and their three sons: Jack Luther and his wife Marilyn of Westwood, KS, Jim Luther and his wife Cynthia of Cupertino, CA, and David Luther and his wife Suzanne of Jefferson City, MO, and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Jacqueline Jean Lewis of Harlan, IA, and Laura Anne Luther of Athens, OH.

The family has suggested Memorials to the Timber Ridge Country Club or First Presbyterian Church and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral Services were held August 19, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis, with Rev. Charles McCracken officiating. Pallbearers were David Shalley, Doug Shalley, Charles Harris, Jr., George Koontz, John Craig, and Gary Young. Interment was in the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

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