Larry Eugene Rutledge
Dec 13, 1947 - Nov 20, 2013
A much-loved husband, father, papa, son, brother and friend, Larry Rutledge, 65, of Long Beach, California, passed away peacefully at Saint Mary’s Medical Center November 20, 2013 with several members of his family present. He was born December 13, 1947 in Lawton, Oklahoma. As a young boy, Larry traveled to California with his family and spent the majority of his life in the Sacramento, California area. Larry met and married Anna Elizabeth Finnamore. They were the proud parents of two sons and four foster daughters.
Although Larry enjoyed a range of interests which included, golf, hunting, fishing, oil painting, and travel; nothing brought him more joy than his children and grandchildren. He took a personal interest in the accomplishments and interests of each and every member of his family. He could arguably be considered the “guardian” of those he loved. Everyone who knew Larry enjoyed his frequent phone calls and visits to make sure they were doing well and to see if there was anything he could do for them. If you were one of Larry’s many friends, you already know how special his care for each of you was.
Larry maintained a strong and firm conviction in his personal relationship with Jesus Christ and was never ashamed to share his faith with anyone. His understanding and experience with God’s love and forgiveness towards him, showed in his love and forgiveness of others.
Larry was the epitome of an entrepreneur and tried his hand at a wide range of business ventures in pursuit of success and the ability to not only live better, but to better the lives of others. Whether he was driving an 18 wheeler, supervising construction projects as a General Contractor, or sharing his latest invention idea, Larry was always in pursuit of success.
Larry was acquainted with the harsh reality of one of the most hated diseases of our day when he walked alongside his wife’s unsuccessful fight against cancer. Sometime after the loss of the love of his life, God brought a wonderful woman, Linda, onto the scene renewing his heart and desire to once again pursue life and love.
Larry was preceded in death by his Father, Audrey Eugene Rutledge; his wife, Anna Elizabeth Rutledge.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Hinojos Rutledge; sons Steven Eugene Rutledge and wife Sarah, Brian Keith Rutledge and wife Jenna; daughters, Jessica Silva, Cerina Silva, Sabrina Silva, and Sophia Silva; Mother, Mary Ruth Rutledge; Brother, Stephen B Rutledge and his wife Cheryl; Sisters, Mary Besso, Barbara Broughton, and Brenda Kapalczynski and husband, Louie; Grand Children, Taylor and wife, Katie, December, Brooke, Annabelle, Cody, Faxon, Karly, Max, and Wyatt; Great Grandchildren, Ryland and Scarlet.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 29, 2013, at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, California. The family will receive friends at the East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park on Wednesday 27, 2013 from 4 pm â€“ 8 pm.
“He fought the good fight, he kept the faith, he won the race!”