Crab Orchard- David Royce Rutledge, 73, of Crab Orchard, formerly of Portland, AR, passed away at 7:30 AM, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at his home.
David was born against all odds in Monroe, LA on July 23, 1944 to Roy Hill “Buddy” and Gracie (Hefley) Rutledge. Despite later being diagnosed with polio he graduated high school and received his Associates degree. He was a good mediator with a great sense of humor and a “Jack of All Trades”. He loved working on and starting projects. He was an accomplished man who was wise beyond his years. He married Linda Nell Shaver on July 6, 1968 and together shared almost 50 wonderful years of marriage.
David was a tough man who did not understand the word quit. He was involved in a horrific automobile accident against a train and still maintained his sense of humor and patient determination that made him who he was. His favorite actor was John Wayne and his dream was to be a cowboy- riding the range and rustling cattle. His favorite memories from his childhood were of riding his beloved horse “Trigger”.
He enjoyed eating at Cracker Barrel and visiting with friends and family from all over, he never met a stranger. His greatest joy however was time spent with his wife and children and especially his dear granddaughters.
Wife- Linda Rutledge of Crab Orchard
Daughter- Lori Mocaby and husband Tony of Crab Orchard
Son- Chris Rutledge of Crab Orchard
Son- Jarrod Rutledge and wife Amy of Chandler, IN
Four beloved granddaughters-
Amber Raby and husband Justin of Benton
Katie Shadowens and husband Clay of Crab Orchard
Kaylee Nicole and Rylee Elizabeth Rutledge of Crab Orchard
Father- Roy Hill “Buddy” Rutledge of Portland, AR
5 siblings- Frieda, Bruce, George, John Paul and Jennifer
Numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews
Beloved dog/child- “Toto”
He was preceded in death by his mother and daughter in law- Stacey Renee Rutledge.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Angelville Community Church/ 11358 Angelville Rd/ Pittsburg, IL 62974. Rev. Gary Holmes will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Paulton. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Angelville Community Church in Pittsburg. Memorial services were arranged at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.