Lutz Family Memorials LLC dba Schmidt Monument Works
It all started by pure fate, I was working for a contractor in my hometown when I was 15 years old. We were building a laundry mat for a man in Minneapolis, Kansas, named Frank. Now Frank liked the way I worked and first asked if I would help him finish the flooring in the laundry mat and install the machines. I also helped him on weekends mopping floors at the hospital. Frank also sold tomb stones through a business called Robertson Monuments in Minneapolis and needed help setting the monuments in the cemetery. It just so happens that he bought his carved stones from a man in Hays. And this is were it all started.
In 1988 I started school at Fort Hays State University and Frank recommended me for employment at Schmidt Monument Works, who was who carved his stones. I worked for about a year while going to school. School didn't seem right for me at that time so I took a job with an engineering outfit from Salina. I traveled the United States with them for the next five years and ended up in Los Angeles, where I met my wife and witnessed my first child being born.
Raising a child in Los Angeles was scary to say the least, so we packed up and moved back to Hays. I started school again and also worked at Schmidt Monuments and for Hays Medical Center. I graduated with a BA in psychology and off to Colorado I went with four children and my wife.
We raised our children from there the next 14 years while I worked for two monument companies in Colorado Springs and Black Forest. Until one day when I got a call from Larry, “do you want to buy the business?” He asked. And I said yes, at the current time I was laid off for the fist time in my life and did not know what I was going to do. This seemed like the perfect opportunity. I came back here to Hays in March of 2012 with no money and worked for Larry and Until Jan. 8th when I took over the business. So here I am New Owner Old Friend.
Over the 18 years that I have worked in this industry I have been taught by many people. Each one of them fills a place in my heart in one way or another. By combining the knowledge I have developed my own techniques and standards. Many of my standards came from the old style of workmanship “ make it so it lasts” monuments are meant to last for lifetimes. When I create a monument I personally feel an honor for doing so. This is why I continue the “To Honor A Lifetime For Life For Lifetimes To Come”
My wish is that I can make your experience as pleasant and informational as possible so that you can make the best decision for your honoring of a Lifetime .