July 30, 2018
Colonel Ralph Ray Rutledge, Esq., age 75, of Marysville, Ohio, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, July 30, 2018. He retired in 2016 from his law practice, Rutledge Legal, LLC. Throughout his extensive civilian careers, he concurrently served with the Military for 38 years. He was raised the youngest of 11 brothers on a cattle ranch near Woodward, Oklahoma, where he attended elementary and secondary school, graduating in 1961. He joined the Oklahoma National Guard during high school and continued his education at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma, while simultaneously graduating from Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1965, he volunteered for active duty with the United States Army. He married Avola Ann Cinnamon at Garber, Oklahoma, that same year and they made their first home at Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1966, he was deployed to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Air Medal. Returning from Vietnam, he was stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. Upon completing his active duty assignment, he enrolled at Park College in Parkville, Missouri and joined the Missouri National Guard. He successfully held many jobs with various employers in Pacific and St. Charles, Missouri, including Farm Bureau Insurance, McDonnell Aircraft Corp, St. Charles Police Department, Missouri School for the Blind and ITT Educational Services. In 1981, he accepted an administrative position with ITT Educational Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in 1982 at Columbus Business University. Upon this assignment, he and his family moved to Marysville, Ohio. Ralph resigned from the Army National Guard having 22 years in active Army and National Guard service. Ralph continued to work in the proprietary education field including several entrepreneurial ventures and professorships, followed by employment with the State of Ohio. During this time, he also served in the inactive Army Reserves with the Army Corps of Engineers. Later, he joined the Ohio Military Reserves. Ralph was a lifelong learner holding several undergraduate degrees and a Master of Educational Administration degree from University of Missouri. He also attended many military schools including the Army War College and the Command and General Staff School. Ralph retired from the State of Ohio in 2003, at which time he pursued and earned a Juris Doctorate from Capital University. He thoroughly enjoyed pursuing new endeavors, and he greatly treasured the time spent with his family, of whom he was very proud. He was born April 24, 1943 in Mooreland, Oklahoma to the late Thomas Henry and Tena Croissant Rutledge. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Herb, Harold, Bill, Jim and Thomas Rutledge. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Avola Ann Cinnamon Rutledge; three children, Michael Ray Rutledge of Marysville, Ohio, Michelle Renee’ Parker of Hilliard, Ohio and Steven Edward (Bre) Rutledge of Enid, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Alexan (Tylor) Woodard, Kendal Parker, Trevor Parker, Logann Parker, Morgan Rutledge, Evan Rutledge, Alexander Rutledge and a grandchild yet to be born; brothers, Albert (Betty) Rutledge, Leroy Rutledge, Louis Rutledge, Jack (Lorraine) Rutledge, Bernie (Lynetta) Rutledge; brother-in-law, Lonnie (Linda) Cinnamon; sister-in-law, Joyce Masters; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Ralph will be eternally loved, respected and greatly missed. Interment with full Military Honors will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Dayton National Cemetery, committal shelter A. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Dayton National Cemetery Honor Squad through Underwood Funeral Home, or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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