Richard A. Lutes Sr. | Boothbay Registry

Richard A. Lutes Sr. of Wiscasset, born October 10, 1940, died October 7, 2021.

Dick grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He was one of five children of Charles and Pauline Lutes. He had a strong work ethic and a strong desire to learn; he worked as a commercial fisherman, boat builder, jet engine mechanic, Boeing Aircraft and many other professions involving the creation of his hands.

Dick had extreme hobbies. At the beginning of skydiving, scuba diving and fishing. Later in life, woodworking, collecting documents and trapping. The sea called Dick his whole life. As a merchant navy, he sailed on numerous ships, some of them bound for South Vietnam. As a sailor, he began training for the Underwater Demolition Team in Coronado, California. Physical limitations prevented its completion.

He was assigned to airframe maintenance and quickly shipped to South Vietnam. In Vietnam, he volunteered for the Black Berets on the Patrol Boat River in the Mekong and the Perfume River. He helped with sniper, navy and army support as a sniper and machine gunner on patrol boats. Returning from Vietnam, he served as military fire chief, inspector general’s office, aviation maintenance inspector, enlisted aviation maintenance chief for many aircraft carriers.

Eventually, Dick retired and returned to Maine and held his hands as an operations team for Bath Iron Works. Commercial tuna and lobster fishing, carpentry, trapping and record collecting.

Dick was predeceased by his mother, Pauline (Hamel) Lutes, and his father, Charles Lutes.

He is survived by his wife Nancy (Harding) for 59 years; siblings, Jacqueline, Robert, Carol and Keith; sons, Richard and Steven; grandchildren, Heather, Steven Jr., Ashley, Megan, Emily, Samantha and Jennifer; and many great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with military honors at 2 p.m., at 95 Lowelltown Road, Wiscasset.

Arrangements are made by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath. Condolences can be made online at

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