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Bill Rutz Obituary
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December 14, 2019

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December 14, 2019

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October 22, 2019
My name is Marylee K. Griner Major
I am Bills or Billy as I called him, first cousin on his mother's Leah Rutz (Schlitt) side of the family.
We were both only children. My mother Katherine Griner was his mother's sister.
Bill was 6 years older than I and took me under his wing like an older brother.
Those of you who grew up knew he liked sports. He played in a football jamboree at Multnomah Stadium representing Jefferson High School. He loved playing softball and played in a summer league that his folks and I would attend religiously.
Some of his friends, from my reelection, Marshall Smith and Ron Trevis and his cousin LeRoy Teeple from his dad's Jake Rutz side of the family.
He would ride his bike from NE 31st and Killingsworth down Alameda hill to 14th and Stanton Street to take me back to his house. When we went to the coast, he would take me out in the big waves and lift me up high. As he got older and starting driving, he would take me to Grant High swimming.
The last time I saw him, July 2019, was at Providence Hospital where he was in physical therapy because he was paralyzed from the neck down due to a fall. I kissed him and we reminisced. While I was having cataract surgery, He called from a nursing facility and left a message that he would call me back on the weekend. He did not leave a number for me to call him back, I waited for two months for his return call until Sharon called a few days ago and told me that he had passed on in August.
He loved his granddaughter and told me he went to her softball games and to holiday dinners with her. He loved his grandson too and had fond memories of his son Stuart. He had loving memories of his parents, especially his mom and her good German cooking.
I know Bill is in Heaven with his son Stuart. At my age, 75, it won't be long before I can join them. Please feel free to call me, Marylee Major 503.260.3508
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