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Luthman Funeral Home Records

Identifier: MS-415

Scope and Content

The Collection is arranged into two series. Series I, Business Records, contains copies of the original receipts used in transacting business at the Luthman Funeral Home. These receipts give the name and date of the deceased as well as the costs associated with burial. Also in this series is Luthman entries from Williams' Dayton City Directory and a short biographical sketch on Edward W. Luthman written by the Citizens Historical Association of Indianapolis on August 16, 1947.

Series II, Burial Records, contains copies of the mortuary records and in some cases copies of the death certificates as well. Records contain information concerning services rendered (casket price, embalming, shaving-dressing, funeral car, etc.) cash disbursed (funeral car, flower car, etc.) as well as biographical information (Date of Birth/Death, residence, cause of death, etc.).The series is arranged in a volume of ten binders and spans from 1906-1982.


  • Creation: 1898-1982


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Edward Luthman Funeral Home

Edward William Luthman was born on February 11, 1877 in Minster, Ohio. One of ten children born to German immigrants, Edward received his education in Minster and later worked as a laborer in Dayton, OH. After attending the Chicago Embalming College, Edward returned to Dayton and opened his own funeral home in 1898. His business was originally located at 502 Xenia Avenue, but later moved down the road to 364 Xenia Avenue in 1905. Edward erected a chapel with a seating capacity of 100 people at this location and owned all of the equipment used in the home.

In 1904, Edward married Dayton native Amelia Stork and had six children. One of their children, Edward J., graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1937 and went into business with his father. After his father's death on February 5th, 1951, Edward J. carried on his father's business until his death on January 30, 1972 whereupon his wife, Eloise Lickliter, continued the business until its closure ten years later.


4.5 linear feet (4 records center boxes and 1 legal sized box)

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The Luthman Funeral Home Records include business records plus ten binders of copies of their original burial records. The business records span 1889-1910 and the burial records span 1906-1982. This collection offers researchers a wealth of information for genealogy and on local mortuary practices.

Statement of Arrangement

The Luthman Funeral Home Records are arranged into two series:

  1. Series I: Business Records
  2. Series II: Burial Records

Acquisition Information

The Luthman Funeral Home Records were donated by Carol Bell and accessioned by Wright State University Special Collections and Archives in October 2009.

Guide to the Luthman Funeral Home Records (MS-415)
Finding aid prepared by Jeremy Katz, February 2011.
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA