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James Arlest Rutter


James Arlest Rutter, age 54, of Pickerington, Ohio passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at The Ohio State University Hospital.  He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 26, 1965 to his parents, Herbert Rutter and Virginia Wilson Rutter.  James was a proud veteran of the United States Army.  After serving for the United States he worked in Anchorage, Alaska at Unique Machine.  He lived all over the country throughout his life, seeing 49 of the 50 states of our beautiful country.  Throughout his journeys he met many amazing people and touched many lives.  Even met his wife, Holly Beth and married her on August 19, 2017.  James loved to fish and spend time with his family.  When they would get together, he would cook, grill, and smoke food.  He enjoyed satisfying those he was cooking for.  James was a selfless man who would always put others first and would always encourage them and tell them not to be afraid and to take chances.  James is survived by his loving wife, Holly Beth Richardson Rutter; mother, Virginia Wilson Rutter; sisters, Melody (Andy) Prawitz and Denise (Bill) Travis; brothers, Vincent (Angie) Rutter and Phillip (Karen) Rutter; daughters, Stephanie (J.R.) Kristovich and Rae Rae Timmerman; step-daughters, Jacqui (George), Jenni (Julien), and Jessica;  and his grandchildren, Ema, Akoni, Haley, Theo, and Penelope.  He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Rutter; and his first wife Daphne Sassa Rutter.  We would like to extend a thank you to Daphne, and his family and friends in Alaska for showing James how to love.  That love led him to me!  We love you all!

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  • Jamie Woodard says:

    James was my friend and I miss him and his wit. He was well-loved because he showed love. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

  • Barbara Wright says:

    Beautifully written summary of James’ life ~ the dash between his date of birth and date of death. I did not know James well, but I know love when I see it and it is apparent that he received and gave BIG love in return. May Holly and his family be comforted by the knowledge that he left this earthly life with the highest gifts of all – love and honor. May you all honor his memory with this shared love. May peace be with you.

  • Janine Sieger says:

    Holly that tribute is awesome. If you didn’t know James you would have wanted to after reading this! I love James because he loved you !! I loved the love you shared. You both were so cute together . I know you will feel his presence by your side often. Holly you have my prayers and his family too. And yes he did like to feed people and make just about anything. 💕💕 James you made your mark in Holly’s life forever. ❤️Janine

  • Jonathan Travis says:

    9 months ago my mother and I were still searching for lost family in order to complete her quest of finding her birth father.7 months ago, you encouraged James to contact my mother as we had finally found this connection. 6 months ago, we came to visit and James was the first person to wrap his arms around my mother and we witnessed family being brought together. The next few days we spent a lot of time with James and during this time, we learned very much about the family. James was there the entire time, his openness and caring attittude was a treasure to have. I am so proud to call him my uncle and will always call him Uncle. I love you Uncle James, I am so glad we had the opportunity to finally connect.

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