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32814 Utica Road
Fraser, MI 48026
Phone: (586) 293-3390
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Richard Rutledge III

Richard Armstrong Rutledge III 111

Saturday, August 30th, 1930 - Friday, August 9th, 2019
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Richard Armstrong Rutledge III, a long time resident of Fraser, was taken into the loving arms of Jesus and greeted in heaven by his beloved wife, Florence. He was 88 years of age.

Richard was born in Detroit on August 30, 1930, a son of the late Richard and Elizabeth (McKinlay) Rutledge Jr.. He was united in marriage to his beloved wife Florence Schmaltz on May 26, 1956 in Detroit where the couple made their first home, moving to Fraser in 1958. Richard served his country in the U.S.Navy. He worked as an engineer for the R.C.Mahon Co. before running his own business the Tri-Gon Engineering Co. where he retired from. He loved the game of golf and was an excellent player of the sport of Curling. Richard was a very direct person, proud of his Scottish heritage and whom people loved and respected.

He is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Owens and Patricia Gillett and many loving nieces and nephews, He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Florence and by his brother Malcolm.

A graveside service will be held at a later time in Rock Falls Cemetery, Harbor Beach Michigan.

Memorials to the American Lutheran Church of Clinton Twp. in his honor appreciated.

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Veronica Sinclair

Posted at 05:01pm
One of the best friends I have ever had. What a loving man & friend. So many wonderful memories, including our many Tartan days. May you rest my sweet Buddy.

Maureen McMahon

Posted at 06:08pm
My dear dear friend Richard.
Your kindness and spirited conversations will never be forgotten.
Whether fishing on Harsens island or celebrating the Highland Games. To celebrating Tartan Day. You always knew how to have a good time. You always stayed cheerful. The only time I ever saw you sad was talking about your wife Florence. You really missed her.
Thank you for being my friend. I'll never forget you.

Brad Vercnocke

Posted at 06:36pm
Nicely said Craig. “Flying to Scotland” circa 1969 to the tune of “Born Free” was my only duet with Uncle Richard. I will remember him as a proud Scotsman.

Craig Vercnocke

Posted at 09:45pm
My Uncle Richard was a gregarious individual that had a warm hearty laugh to go along with his great sense of humor. He was also extremely big hearted and generous.
I remember him coming over our house and putting on a long wig back in the late Sixties. He then would proceed to play the drums while the camera rolled. He certainly loved to laugh and have a good time! He would also just stop by out of the blue and open up his trunk to give my brothers and I presents. I remember a lot of fishing gear coming out of that trunk! He was always very generous with his four nephews. I also remember him taking my brother and I on a weekend trip along with his wife, my Aunt Florence, to visit her family in the rural thumb area. We got to experience going to a real farm house that had a handle in the kitchen sink, instead of a faucet, they used to pump their water. Uncle Rich also had a CB radio in his car back then that we were fascinated by. So nice of him to share his time with us.
Uncle Richard was a 1st generation American and was very proud of his Scottish ancestry, as were his parents. He traveled to Scotland with them at one point and was able to see where his parents grew up.
Thanks so much Uncle Rich for everything you did for us. It was really appreciated. I always liked being around you and will miss you a lot. I'm sure you've reunited with your loving wife Florence and your brother Malcolm just to name a few. You had a long life of nearly 89 years so may you now Rest in Peace.
With love, Craig.

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