David Royce Rutledge

Jul 23rd, 1944 - May 26th, 2018


Angelville Community Church

Wed, May. 30th, 2018 1:00 PM ~ 2:00 PM


Angelville Community Church

Wed, May. 30th, 2018 2:00 PM


Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Wed, May. 30th, 2018

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.

Survivors include-

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.

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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: chrystine odom

    From: galatia, Illinois

    Date: May 28, 2018

    sorry about your losing your dad.

  • Guest: Michelle

    From: West Frankfort , Illinois

    Date: May 29, 2018

    I’m So sorry to hear about the loss of David. He was a Kind & Good Man. Lots of Memories of him.Prayers for the Family ! ❤

  • Guest: Amy Sadler-Cannady

    From: Texarkana, Arkansas

    Date: May 30, 2018

    Sending love and prayers for comfort and peace that only Jesus can grant. God bless you all.

  • Guest: Carole (Treece) Scaggs

    From: Springfield, Illinois

    Date: June 1, 2018

    Dear Linda, I don’t know if you remember me. We worked together at MMH. I was in Respiratory Therapy. You were always so very sweet to me & so great to work with. I am so very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I remember you talking about him with so much love. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. Hugs & love to you.