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Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28Th Street, Ames, IA

OBITUARY

Charles "Charlie" Laverne Rutter

March 12, 1937September 2, 2019
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Charles LaVerne Rutter was born on March 12, 1937 on a farm outside of Cambridge, Iowa to E. Alfred Rutter and Erma Hazel (Michelson) Rutter. He graduated from Ames High School in 1955. After high school, he attended Area 11. He had several jobs during his young years, including delivering the Des Moines Tribune, Smart & Thrifty Store, and bailing hay for a local farmer.

Visitation will be held at St. Andrews Church (209 Colorado Avenue, Ames, IA 50014) from 10:00am-1:00pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Funeral service will follow at 1:00pm. Following the service, burial will take place in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

On April 28, 1956, he married the love of his life, Lois Jean Sather. They met at the Roller Skating rink in Ames and danced their way through life until Lois’ death on July 17, 1996.

Charles attended the Police Academy and joined the Ames Police Department in 1961. He loved his job at the Police Department. He was always considered the “good guy” until his retirement in 1997. He also worked several part time jobs while starting a family.

His family was most important to him. He always wanted a large family, and that he got. He and Lois had eight children: Cindy (Bob) Jacobson, Julie Rutter (Mike Hemmer), Rick Rutter (Laure Nagle), Rosanne (Rick) Ringgenberg, Dan Rutter, Deb (Steve) Lage, Teri (Tom) Burke and Laurie Thompson. They blessed him with 26 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren with one more in 3 weeks. One brother, Ken (Johnnie) Rutter of Cleveland, TX. sister-in-law Val (Don) Shedd. The memories and being rich in love was the most important legacy he wanted to leave behind.

He created a home where everyone was welcome. All the kids’ friends and neighborhood kids loved to hang out at the Rutter’s.

Charlie was a very active man. He loved dancing and enjoyed traveling, and especially the ‘roughing it’ kind, and playing basketball with anyone who would take on the challenge. His passion was fishing. He had several fishing buddies and many fishing holes to choose from. Big Creek and Ada Hayden were two of his favorites. He was always the life of the party. Everyone gravitated to his warm and inviting personality. He had friends of all ages. He was known as Charlie, Tuna Boy, and The Godfather. His hobbies included collecting coins and police patches and badges from all over the world. He was so proud of his prize winning collection, he entered it in the State Fair. He was also very crafty at woodworking and painting.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, his mom Erma and dad Alfred, his brother Don, daughter-in-law Karyn Rutter, and a granddaughter Heather.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Rutter, Active
  • Aaron Rutter, Active
  • Rick Rutter Jr. , Active
  • Jamie Jacobson, Active
  • Sean Ringgenberg, Active
  • Brandon Burke, Active
  • Nick Lage, Active
  • Ty Thompson, Active
  • DONATIONS

  • To be directed towards the family to be used at a later date towards the purchase of a Memorial Bench at Ada Hayden

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019

Memories

Charles "Charlie" Laverne Rutter

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Corey Bickelhaupt

September 7, 2019

Thank you charlie for the great memories of fishing with you at ada hayden. You will be forever in my heart. My prayers go out to our entire family. You will be very missed.

Margot and Paul Eness

September 6, 2019

Everyone thought of Charlie as a friend and he was a great inspiration as a father and family man when he took on the role of Mom as well as Dad in 1996 and kept those eight kids together as the boisterous fun-loving crew they had always been, even unto the the next couple of generations!

So sorry for your loss,
Margot and Paul Eness

Family Member

September 6, 2019

Allan Bond

September 5, 2019

I remember how Mr Rutter would include me with the rest of the kids just like I was part of the family. We would go fishing or ride the chopper minibike together and everyone got a turn. I never felt judged by him or treated like a pesky neighborhood kid (which I'm sure I was.) . I can reminding thinking someday I'd like to be a police officer because Mr Rutter made me aspire to be just like him.

Thanks to the family for sharing these pictures. I'll never forget the great times with all of you! Mr Rutter is a special person that I'm certain has left us with lots of fond memories.


Doug Warrings

September 5, 2019

He really was a "good guy". Back in the day ( around 1965) of my GTO he pulled me over a couple of times for smoking my tires, chewed me out and just warned me. The line I will always remember was "What makes you think this is a race track ? " He slowed me down and we always waved when we met on the street and I'm sure he was keeping an eye on me. Doug Warrings , Eureka Springs, AR

Kay Anderson

September 5, 2019

Cindy and Family of Chuck, my dad (Buster Jones) worked with Chuck and always had good stories and memories. I have some police photos I am attaching. God Bless to you all. Chuck and my dad are standing next to each other.

Kay (Jones) Anderson

Pam Dodd

September 5, 2019

My sincere sympathies to Charlie's very large and loving family and his friends. I had the great privilege of working with Charlie for 15 years before he retired. He loved to tell me stories of his early policing days and tell stories on some of the others he worked with back then. He loved to laugh and enjoyed planning practical jokes at work. I always wished he'd carried out the last one he planned. It would have been memorable. He said he was going to park his squad car, on his last day at the end of shift, at North Grand Mall, leave the lights, sirens, etc on, lock his keys in the car and walk home. He never did that, but I always wished he would have.

Sean Ringgenberg

September 4, 2019

Sean Ringgenberg

September 4, 2019

Gramps,
Thank you for all of your love and support to everyone in this family. You were a full-time Grandpa that never missed a beat. I'm going to miss our fishing trips to Big Creek and watching the sunset on the water with you. Every one here is hurting that you are gone, yet so happy your not in pain anymore. I am so fortunate Samantha and Gavin got to be apart of your life, so that they can see how much love you put into your family. I love you Grandpa Charlie, you will always be in heart!

Gerry/Marlys Hartman

September 4, 2019

To Deb and all of your dear family. We send our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your great Dad. Always had a comment always a big smile. I also had the pleasure of caring for your Mom at MGMC. Our love and sympathy to all. The Hartman’s

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