Ira Lee Rutledge July 6, 1917 ~ June 23, 2013
June 21, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
When he left this world, he was surrounded by his family. His life’s journey began in Lake Victor on July 6, 1917. He was the only child of Ira William Rutledge and Emma Lee (Hamilton) Rutledge.
While home on a three-day furlough during the weekend of March 12, 1943, he married the love of his life, Ruth Inez Kuykendoll. He was proud to have served as a medic during WWII. After the war he and Ruth lived in several places before settling back in Lake Victor.
The next exciting moments on his path of life took him to fatherhood. He was blessed with three sons: Larry Rutledge, Neal Rutledge, and Cody Rutledge. He enjoyed his life as a rancher. He had sheep and cattle. He sold eggs. He had a special liquid feed mixture that he sold to other area ranchers. He also had a business on the old store at Midway for about 17 years; anything to make a dollar.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, 3 months, and 11 days: Ruth Rutledge; sons, Larry Rutledge and wife Nancy of Kempner, Cody Rutledge and wife Beverly of Lake Victor; granddaughters, Christina Shuffield and husband, Craig, Deandra Koger and husband, Brian; grandsons, Kyle Rutledge, Logan Rutledge; great-grandchildren, Loren Shuffield, Reed Shuffield, Cole Shuffield, Kylee Rutledge, Saige Koger, and Alexa Koger, and many cousins that he dearly loved.
Ira is preceded in death by his parents; as well as by his son, Neal Rutledge and grandson, Lee Rutledge.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Cauble Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 . at Sneed Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Cauble Cemetery Association.
Sneed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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