|Birth: ||Nov. 22, 1952|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 2012|
Stan had a hunger for life, and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid fisherman, he liked to scuba dive, sky dive, he loved to tinker with tools and craft things with his hands. He would grow his garden and when the vegetables came in, he would take them all over town and deliver them to his friends. He always refused to take money for his home made trinkets he gifted, or for his vegetables, or for the endless gallons of blackberries he picked to give away. He would say, oh this made you happy, that's all the pay I need!
He was a history buff, and was fascinated with the Kennedy administration. He thought John F Kennedy was the greatest president we ever had. He collected memorabilia from that time, Kennedy books, clippings, photos, anything he could get to do with the Kennedy family. Stan was a die-hard democrat.
He started working by the time he was a young boy, oddly enough, digging and hauling dirt to fill in the long winding road/driveway, with his brothers, that lead to his parents home in Artemus, Kentucky. I say 'oddly' because he ended up getting a job working with the transportation department later in life and became foreman there before retiring a year early because of a work related fall. He had worked for the highway department for ninteen years.
Before that he worked for the Ambulance department as a certified EMT, and before that he worked for Hopper funeral home. Before that he worked at Hobbs five and dime, in Corbin Ky.
He was in the Army in 1978 and 79.
He married Jean Teague and to that union had a daughter, Olivia Jean Teague. They divorced and Jean passed away when Olivia was 14.
Stan and I married on New Years Day in 1993. We bought and moved into our home on Tax day, April 15th of that same year, and stayed here for the whole of our marriage, until he crossed here in his bed, on July 24, 2012, of cholangiocarcinoma.
He loved his family and friends, rarely lost his temper and I never saw a child or animal that didn't love him. He would pick up stray animals and if there was something wrong with them, he would take them to the vet and care for them until he found them homes.
I think he loved children so much, because he was just a big kid himself. It was nothing for him to jump on a scooter and give it a whirl, or an impromptu basketball game with the kids, or a trip to the park to play, he just enjoyed being with the kids, playing like he was one.
He had a boat and would go to Laurel lake often with Dad, and fish all night on weekends, and did that up until he was hurt, then he couldn't do it anymore. He still enjoyed going fishing on the banks of small ponds when he could. He kept a little refrigerator for those occasions, where he kept night crawlers and meal worms, and loved nothing better than going out with his nephew Nick to the pond to fish.
He was fascinated by electronics. He had a blackberry cell phone, and a computer and loved to sit and play on them to see what all he could do with them.
Outdoors, indoors, he didn't care, no matter the season he found something to keep him occupied and was always content and in a good mood. He made little trinket boxes out of the gourds he grew in the garden, and the cutest bird baths he fashioned around the huge leaves of the gooseberry bush out front. He used to make his own lead sinkers for fishing, and he loved to surprise Bonnie with his homemade gifts, a walking stick, a shoe rack.
He was a preacher for a while, and of the baptist faith, but decided it wasn't his calling. He remained a baptist and a democrat until the day he passed.
Together we raised 3 beautiful granddaughters, who at the time of his passing were Mikyla, 12 years, Mallory, 10 years, and Maegan, 6 years old. He adored 'his' girls - and when he found out he was leaving this world asked two things of me. One, "Keep it together." and Two, "Take care of my girls."
His favorite television show was Andy Griffith and thanks to modern technology and Netflix he crossed while I kept the television turned to episode after episode in the background so he could hear it.
The impact Stan made on our lives was beautiful. He left a legacy of love and kindness and a gentleness not often seen these days. He was dearly loved by all of us, and will be missed every second of every single day.
Stan, I love you honey. We will meet again someday.
Mr. Stanley Melvin Rutledge age 59 of Barbourville, Ky departed this life on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at his home. He was the husband of Juel (Lipke) Rutledge and the son of Melvin and Charlotte (Hammok) Rutledge. He was born on November 22, 1952.
He was a foreman with the KY Dept. of Transportation and had been employed by them for nineteen years before retiring. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bart Rutledge.
Left behind to mourn his passing is his wife Juel Rutledge of Barbourville, his two daughters, Olivia Dunlavey and husband Tim of Guthrie, KY, Bonnie Davis of Barbourville, seven grandchildren, Breanna, Mikyla, Mallory, Acey, Joel, Maegan and Tristan, two brothers, Daniel Rutledge and fiance' Rosemary of London, KY and Robert Rutledge of Ohio, two sisters, Hazel Rutledge of Ohio and Paulette Payne and husband Paul of Urbanna, Ohio. Mr. Rutledge also leaves behind a host of many other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hutchison Cemetery at Bailey Switch with Rev. Tommy Teague officiating.
Thanks to my dear friend Diane Miller for sponsoring Stan's memorial. If you can, would you please leave a token for her Mom and her Dad? Thank you in advance! And thank you Diane again, I love you.
Melvin D. Rutledge (1898 - 1972)
Charlotte Rutledge (1921 - 2001)
Juel Lynn Lipke Rutledge (1961 - ____)*
Maintained by: Juel
Originally Created by: USAF Veteran
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94219566