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Rod Rutledge

FORT WORTH — Rod Rutledge passed away suddenly Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the age of 55 due to a motorcycle accident.
Celebration of life: 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Birchman Baptist Church, the Rev. Neal Seaborn officiating. Interment: Rod will be laid to rest in Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home.
Rod was born May 31, 1960, in Fort Worth to Buddie Earl and Frances Pauline “Polly” Rutledge. He was a very charismatic and energetic person who also had a great work ethic. He had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest. He loved traveling, planes, boats, helicopters, hot rods and antique cars, but his children were his greatest joy. His 21-year-old son, Christian, considers his dad his best friend and they had regular jam sessions together. Lindsay and her dad adored each other. They both loved antique cars and trucks, the cross-country power tour last summer becoming a favorite memory to both. They were renovating an antique car for Lindsay and planned another trip after she graduated in June 2016. Rod was a building contractor in Fort Worth and also worked with a development project in Belize. Rod is dearly loved and will live in our hearts forever. Our loss here on earth is definitely heaven’s gain.
Survivors: Son, Christian Rutledge; daughter, Lindsay Rutledge; the mother of his children, Lisa Rutledge; parents, Buddie and Polly Rutledge; brother, Brad Rutledge; niece, Miranda Rutledge; girlfriend, Cheryl Helton; and many friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Very sorry to hear about Rod
    God bless your family

  2. Dearest Rod,
    You were such a good man, an absolutely wonderful friend; and a person who could bring many people together for joyous occasions. I will miss you so much for too many reasons to list in one condolence. I treasured our times with friends and the quiet private moments we shared in which you opened up your innermost thoughts and feelings. I love you Brother and until we meet again on the other side, I will cherish your memory always.

  3. Your family is in our prayers Brad. So sorry for the loss of your brother.

  4. As my boss I will miss him very much. I thank God that he gave me the opportunity to work him for 18 years. My condolences to his family. May God bless you all.

  5. My condolence to Lisa, her children and the family, I know how much you loved Rod and I know that you will always love him.
    God bless you, my thoughts are with you .
    Veronica Danny

  6. Dear Rutledge family, I’m so very sorry for your loss and your pain. I am praying for God to comfort your aching hearts and to give you peace in this sorrowful time. Sometimes the process of learning to trust God with the lives of our loved ones is so very difficult, and I imagine this is one of those times. Asking God to give you grace for each moment you recall Gods goodness extended to you through Rod and you long for his companionship. Praying for healing. I wish I could be there to mourn with you today, and to lovingly remember Rod with dear Birchman friends. I will continue to pray through this day.

  7. Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you two loved each other. I will continue to keep you and Rod’s children and family in my prayers.

  8. So very sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. I will always remember our water-skiing days on Lake Weatherford!

  9. Thoughts and prayers out to family and friends. You lost a good one.

  10. I’m very sad to hear of the tragic ending to Rod’s exciting life. His music and friendship touched me deeply in my late teens and early twenties when I was at Birchman and times spent at the lake house in Weatherford are fond memories. Though I haven’t seen him in decades we communicated via Facebook a few years ago when he was in Belize. Peace to Brad and all the family and friends of Rod.

  11. Pat and Pennie Miller

    Thinking of your family at this time. Praying for your peace and comfort.
    God be with you as you remember Rod, your son, dad, brother and friend

  12. Michael D . Bosley (Boz)

    R.I.P Brother…!
    Your presence will be sorely missed by many here , and celebrated in heaven.
    Condolences to your family.
    GOD BLESS…..!!

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. It hits close to home as Aunt Jackie is my neighbor and my husband was also in a motorcycle accident, but survived and is in rehab. I will be praying for strength and peace for your family.

  14. A truly good man. His visits to Roatan, Honduras were always a highlight for all here. Rest in peace and my condolences to the family.

  15. Wayne and Debbie Martin

    We had the pleasure of working with Rod the last few years,very honest,and caring,and wow how this man could sing,Thank you Rod for always being Awsome we will miss you.our condolences to his family.

  16. Rod was a good friend in the ’80s. I have not been around him for more than 30 years, but I will always remember him as a person who loved life; loved people; loved Jesus.

  17. Jeff and Angela Rogers

    in this time of sorrow, I hope you can lean on the positive thoughts and actions that Rod brought to his family and friends. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Our thoughts and prayers to Rod’s family. We will miss this man greatly, always smiling and always happy to see you. Our love to all….

    Keith & Robynne Kapatkin

  19. Knew him but for a moment
    then he was gone
    His image and voice lives still in my mind
    as if I saw him just a moment ago….

    Deepest sympathies to the Ruthledge family and Rod’s friends

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