Max G. Lutz, 72, of Fenton Township, drowned in Lake Fenton on Friday, June 26, according to Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson.
According to Fenton Township Fire Chief Ryan Volz, who was one of the first responders on scene, the man jumped into the lake, where the water is approximately 50-foot deep, with a noodle.
He lost the noodle and his wife and a few passersby jumped into the water to help him. They got him onto a boat. After getting him to shore, Genesee County Sheriff's deputies tried lifesaving measures for 40 minutes.
He was taken to a dock at a home on Woodhull landing.
According to his obituary, Lutz retired from General Motors in 2008 after 31 years of service. He was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors; fishing, boating and golfing.
A memorial gathering will be held 4-8 p.m., Thursday, July 2, at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Private interment at Great Lakes National Cemetery.