Lynn Illingworth

Obituary of Lynn Lutz Illingworth

The Reverend Dr. Lynn Lutz Illingworth, 92, of State College, died Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Juniper Village at Brookline.

Born March 11, 1930, in State College, he was the son of the late Henry Snyder Illingworth and Mary Lutz Illingworth. In 1957 at a dance, in his own words, "I looked across a crowded room, saw a beautiful young woman, and there on the spot I made up my mind I was going to marry her." On September 19, 1959 he married Sue Smith, who survives him.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Dr. Lori Bond and her husband Steven of Palo Alto, CA, the Reverend Beth Illingworth and her husband Paul Greene of Kinderhook, NY, Todd Illingworth and his wife Kimberly of State College, Brian Illingworth of Monroe, ME, Dawn Taillon and her husband Michael of Manchester, NH, and Brice Illingworth and his wife Marion of Tyrone; and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four siblings, Henry Illingworth Jr., Ella and Irene Illingworth, and Celia Wiberg.

He graduated from State College High School where he was the state heavyweight wrestling champion during his senior year. He then attended Penn State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree. While at Penn State, he was a member of the wrestling team and was also in the Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

He attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. While in seminary, he had the privilege to minster with the Shoshone Indian tribe in Lone Pine, CA and the Tlingit Indian tribe of Southeast Alaska. He served churches in Brockway PA, Vienna W.Va. and for 22 years the Needham Presbyterian Church, MA. During his time in Needham, he received his Doctor of Ministry from Andover-Newton Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling and the Psychology of Religion.

He retired in 1992 and moved back to his beloved family farm in Ferguson Township. He became a member of the Huntingdon Presbytery where he served as a chaplain to the presbytery. He was a member of the Nittany Antique Machinery and a lifelong member of the Masonic Fraternity. He traveled widely in Great Britain and Europe and particularly enjoyed attending programs at the Jungian Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.

Memorial service will be at 11:00 am on August 17, 2022 at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1795 W. College Ave., State College with the Reverend Dr. Renee Ford officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1795 W. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 in honor of his mother and the American Indian College Fund 8333 Greenwood Blvd Denver, CO 60217-2449 or

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Memorial Service

11:00 am
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
St. Peter's United Church Of Christ
1795 W. College Ave.
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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