BLOOMER, Wis. — Arthur Rutter passed away March 5, 2014, in Bloomer, Wis. Arthur was born in Anmore, W.Va., Feb. 21, 1925, to Arthur Abel Rutter. He grew up with three brothers, John, Edward and Billy Jo; and three sisters, Sara, Mary and Ellen (now his only remaining sibling). Art attended grade school in Anmore, W.Va. and high school in Bridgeport, W.Va. On March 11, 1944, he married the love of his life Emma Jo Johnson. Art and Emma Jo then had four children, Rebecca Irene (Becky) Welsh (Harold), William Joseph (Bill) Rutter (Lu), Sarah Madelyne Henry (Dennis), and Arthur James III (Jim) Rutter (Lisa). Art has also been blessed with 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren in his lifetime. Art and Emma Jo made the move to Bloomer, Wis., in October of 2010 to be near their youngest daughter, Sarah Henry.
He is survived by his wife, sister, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Following his marriage to Emma Jo, and at the age of 19, Art served in the army as a dental lab-tech until he was 21 years old. He and Emma Jo moved to Mount Vernon in 1952 when he was transferred by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. where he worked as a cutter. After he left the Plate, he worked as a sales representative for Nichol’s Bakery and Jewel Tea Company; a Metropolitan Life Insurance salesman; a City Loan company agent; a State of Ohio Employment Office employee; and a choir director, deacon and Sunday School teacher at Fredericktown Baptist Church.
Art’s hobbies throughout his life included: Singing in a barber shop quartet and chorus for years; avid gardener of flowers and vegetables; making homemade wines with grapes, blackberries, and dandelions; playing the ukulele and he also took keyboard lessons in his 50s; he was an avid reader and had read all or most of Louis LaMour’s Westerns at least once, some more than once; he also enjoyed refinishing furniture, tables, beds, dressers, desks and chairs and had even refurbished a military two-man fiberglass kayak.
Art also enjoyed traveling throughout the years. Art and Emma Jo took many river trips with their family and friends down the Kokosing and Muskingum Rivers in Ohio. Art made trips to his daughters’ homes in Florida, Indiana, Colorado and Wisconsin. He also visited family and friends in Maryland, Texas, West Virginia and New York, and on their 50th wedding anniversary their children gave them a train trip to California to visit their childhood friend. Overall Art enjoyed traveling throughout his life to see those who he cared about.
A memorial service will be held in Fredericktown, Ohio, at a later date.
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