Richard (Dick) C. Rutz, 77, of Stuart, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Mary's Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Fla.
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Born in Indianapolis, Ind., he lived in Stuart for 17 years, coming from West Suffield. He was a graduate of Purdue University. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout. He was a member of Peace Presbyterian Church in Stuart, where he was an elder. Before retiring he was an aeronautical engineer for Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks for 28 years. He also had been a Federal Aviation Administration DER with his own aviation consulting firm.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Linda Rutz of Stuart; his daughters, Marcia Soucie, and her husband, Clay, of West Suffield, Cheryl Pizzale, and her partner, Barry Johnson, of Goffstown N.H., and Melanie Rutz Flynn, and her husband, Kevin, of West Suffield. He also leaves six grandchildren, Rick Gemme, Rebecca Chiarello, and her husband, Mike, and Ryan Gemme all of West Suffield, Kristen Saunders, and her husband, Matt, of Marlborough, Mass., Emily Pizzale and Nicholas Pizzale of North Fayston, Vt.
Dick was an avid golfer, UConn basketball, and NASCAR fan.
There will be services on March 1, 2014, in West Suffield at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Funeral Home, 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 11 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Peace Presbyterian Church Asalerno Bay Manor Fund, 4881 S.E. Cove Road, Stuart, FL 34997; or the Victory Junction Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317.
Heritage Funeral Home will handle the arrangements in Connecticut.
For online condolences please visit
Heritage Funeral Home
1240 Mountain Road West Suffield, CT 06093
Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, 2014