Smith-McCracken Funeral Home

63 High St., Newton, NJ


Daniel E. Rutan

December 9, 1957June 23, 2020

Daniel Evans Rutan, 62, of Hopatcong, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at St. Claire’s Hospital in Denville.

Born in Newton, Dan was a longtime resident of Newton, then lived in Marksboro before moving to Hopatcong. He was a graduate of Newton High School and continued his education at Gettysburg College where he received his BA in Music in 1980. Dan was the former Office Administrator at the First United Methodist Church of Newton, where he had worked for many years. He was also an active member of the church, where he was the Bell Choir Director and a member of the Choir.

The son of the late Donald Purdy and Phoebe (Parr) Rutan, Dan is survived by his siblings, Douglas Rutan of Budd Lake, Susan Donald of Budd Lake and David Rutan of Franklin.

Services are private and are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to Family Promise of Sussex County, 19 Church Street, Newton, NJ 07860.


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Miranda Dolsay

July 3, 2020

Dan, you were always such a pleasure to work with. You will be missed by many. We will never forget you. Peace and love to you and your family. I will miss seeing you around the store, Dan. Rest peacefully. ❤❤❤

Robin Probasco

June 29, 2020

Fond memories of Dan from the youth group days at Newton United Methodist! A kind and quietly gentle man with so much musical talent! Rest in Jesus Dan! Praying for the rest of the Rutan family! May the peace and comfort of God be very near to all of you in this time of grief!


June 25, 2020

God Bless you all! I am sad to hear about Dan. He was such a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and I'm sure his rewards are plenty. He was always a joy to sing with in the Unity Choir and the love he had for the church was very evident in all that he did. Until we meet again.

Gary Rotenbury

June 25, 2020

Dan and I were fellow students at Gettysburg College. He was a good person; always smiling, always laughing, and always willing to help anyone who needed it. He was a good friend to me and a very talented musician....and he loved drum corps! I will always remember him fondly...