The Woodward News

January 8, 2014

Roger R. Ruttman


Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. —

Roger R. Ruttman, 75 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 with his loving family at his side, following several months of myeloma. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Faith United Methodist Church with the Reverend Charles Baumann officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Roger Ray Ruttman was born on a farm north of Woodward, Oklahoma on October 1, 1938, the son of Harold Wayne and Jennilee Mae (Wyatt-Tune) Ruttman. Roger spent his entire life in Woodward, graduating from Woodward High School in 1958. During his Senior year of high school, he became employed at Razien Metals and became supervisor of the East pipe yard before he left to start his own business of Roger’s Welding Service in 1974. In 1991he went to work for the City of Woodward, working there until he retired in 2010.

He was united in marriage to Tressia Trent on July 22, 1958 and they had 55 wonderful years together and were blessed with three children, LaRhonda Jo, who died in infancy, Robert Wayne “Robbie” and Jody Sue.

Roger was a charter member of the Woodward Wranglers Square Dance Club, member of Faith United Methodist Church where he had served on many committees, and was presently on the Board of Trustees. He was always a person to help others and could usually be seen pouring coffee and tea at any event which the church was sponsoring until he was unable to help due to ill health. Roger’s enjoyments included many things, camping, cycling, square dancing, building things and “tinkering.” He also enjoyed the many ball games and activities of son Robbie and granddaughter RaLonda, OU football and the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball games and he especially enjoyed going to Branson, Missouri each year on their family vacations.

He is survived by wife Tressia; daughter Jody Ruttman; granddaughter, RaLonda Ruttman and Chad Fahey; brothers Wendel Ruttman and wife Twyla, Dale Ruttman and wife LaVonda; mother-in-law, Ruby Trent; sister-in-law, Beverly Morrison and husband Larry; brother-in-law, Barsie Trent and wife Gaby; sisters-in-law, Maxine Tune and Fay Tune; special nephew, Frederick Trent and wife Laura; extended family includes, Joe, Debbie and Baylee Powders, Jessie Powders and Cooper, Kelsy Boots and Bella; many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding him in death include his parents, brothers Bill Tune and LeRoy Tune, son Robert Wayne “Robbie”, infant daughter LaRhonda and father-in-law, Robert Trent.

Memorials may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com