July 20, 1922 - Nov. 22, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY Ralph E. Rutledge, 89, of The Village, died at home. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, November 28, 2011, at the Bill Merritt Funeral home in Bethany. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Ralph Rutledge, was born at Republic, Missouri in July of 1922. He grew up on a farm just north of Mt. Vernon, Missouri. He joined the Army in October 2, 1942 and during WW2 served his country bravely in battle. Ralph received many decorations and citations during the war, of which his five Bronze Stars were his most cherished. He returned to the states in October of 1945, married his wife of 64 years, Jean. Two sons were born, Larry and Mike Rutledge. Ralph had a lifelong love of automobiles and anything with wheels. In 1962 the family moved to Oklahoma City, where he was named General Manager of the Capitol City Chrysler Imperial dealership on South Broadway in OKC. He later moved into the used automobile business and worked at several of the large dealerships in the metro, later opening his own car lot. He was well-known in the business as an honest and trustworthy person and has sold countless vehicles to generations of families before retiring in 2004. He loved and lived his job. In his retirement, he was an accomplished antique clock repairman and excelled in decorative wood crafting, which was one of his passions. Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Jean Rutledge; sons, Larry Rutledge and wife Kate, Mike Rutledge and wife Alice; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many friends.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 27, 2011