Louis Edward Rutledge, Sr. / 1946-2009

Published 8:47 am Thursday, July 16, 2009

rutledgeLouis “Louie” Edward Rutledge, Sr., 62, of South 13th Street in Niles, passed away at his home on Saturday, July 4, 2009.
A time to share thoughts and gather with the family will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at Sumnerville Cemetery in Pokagon Township.
Louie was born on Nov. 14, 1946 in Plymouth, Ind. Shortly after birth, Louie moved to Niles where he was a life long resident. At the age of 8 he was adopted by his loving parents Thomas and Mabel (Roberts) Rutledge.
He graduated form Niles High School in 1966 and wed Connie Rutledge.
Though their marriage ended after 18 years together they had three wonderful children. He had recently retired from Martin’s Supermarket. Louie worked as a Meat Department Manager and meat cutter for over 30 years before his retirement.
Even though he was a hard worker Louie always found time for some Notre Dame Football and Basketball. Golf and NASCAR were always among his favorite things. He was a fan of Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon. He also raced pigeons and was a member of the Dowagiac Pigeon Racing Club
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mabel and siblings, Thomas Rutledge Jr. and John Little.
He is survived by his children, Louis Rutledge Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., Sheri (Jeremy Blocher) Rutledge of Niles and Scott Rutledge of Niles; four grandchildren; siblings, Fred (Linda) Leet of Niles, Lee Burnett of Keeler, Mark Sprague of Coloma, Linda Nichols of Irvine, Calif., Joanne Hubanks of North Carolina, and Richard Pixley of Dowagiac, and a special nephew, Thomas (Becky) Rutledge Jr. of Niles.
Condolences, photos and memories may be left for the family at www.BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.
Arrangements were by Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Niles.