Larry Eugene Rutledge

Dec 13, 1947 - Nov 20, 2013

Obituary

 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 – 8 pm.

“He fought the good fight, he kept the faith, he won the race!”

Guestbook

  • Fred Azevedo & Family says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Father. In reading his obituary, what a wonderful person and gift from God he was to all of you. I’m so sorry over the pain that I know you’re all feeling. Patty and I have both lost our Dad’s some 20+ years ago and we still find ourselves tearing up when they come up in conversation. We pray and know that the good Lord above will comfort you in this time of need. God Bless You All, Fred, Patty, Stephanie and Samantha

  • Brenda Rutledge-Kapalczynski says:

    Larry a wonderful brother protector. Always made me laugh. Always there to make sure I had what was needed. Loved all 6 of my kids like they were his own. Miss you but happy your home. Love little sister Bren

  • Bob Trevan says:

    Just in knowing his wonderful son Brian, and then reading the great obituary his family wrote for Larry, I sure wish I could have known him in person. Thank you for letting me have just a small part in the preparation for this celebration of Larry’s life. You have a rich heritage and I am thankful to serve the same Savior that Larry, Brian and I’m sure many of this great family serve. I’m sorry my previous family plans have taken me out of the area for this entire “celebration” time but my prayers and love will be here at East Lawn and with the family as they move ahead with the lives that God has given each of them.

  • Greg Rutledge says:

    Love you and may God Bless you and keep you near is heart

  • Tony & Joyce Wallace says:

    We are saddened for the families loss .We have great memories of Larry. He was funny, and could always make us laugh. His smile could light up a room when he walked in. We will miss him, but he has been set free. Larry is now where we long to be. He is at peace and in the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ. We will always remember you Larry !

  • Bill & Sharon Timmerman says:

    I have dearly missed the visits and telephone calls the last few years, from Larry. He was a great asset to all that knew him. He will be greatly missed. Remember the good times that we all had with Larry. God has ended his time on earth, may he rest in peace. We love you Larry.

  • Delitha Timmerman Beck says:

    We are thinking of the family sending love.

  • Oleta &James Woods says:

    I am so sad for the families lose , will allways remember Larry laughing or smiling and how much he looked like his father, love to all

  • STEPHEN B RUTLEDGE says:

    I will deeply miss the daily phone calls from my brother, Larry, but I will always have the memories of being blessed with the best brother and friend a guy could ever hope for. And best of all, I KNOW I will see him again, and we will never be separated again. One of the best things my brother and I have in common is our wonderful parents and our Savior Jesus Christ. Check things out for me brother, I know you are overwhelmed with the beauty of heaven and the fellowship of the ones who went on before you. Oh, and I will always have your voice in my head whenever I am doing ANYTHING, saying, “do you know what you are doing little brother?” Love you always, your little brother Steve

  • Mary Ellen says:

    Hard to believe you have been gone three years already. Miss you BIG Brother, your hugs, late night calls , always telling me it will all work out ☺️ our short trips and your so call short cuts

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