Brian was the sweetest little boy, a tenacious baseball player, loving husband and father, devoted son, brother, nephew and friend.
One of his greatest loves besides sports was teaching. He taught at Soldan International Studies in St. Louis for the past 9 years. He was a mentor to so many of his students and always wanted to make a difference in their lives. He impacted so many people through his teaching and coaching which is evident by the outpouring of support from his colleagues and former students. His legacy will live through the many lives he’s touched and the positive impact he had on them. Brian received several teaching awards throughout his short career. He was an amazing young man.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edwin and Louise Rutter; his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Irene Flassig; an aunt, Laurie Flassig; and a cousin, Christian Rutter.
Surviving are his wife, Heidi, nee Smajic, Rutter;
a son, Conor B. Rutter;
a daughter, Adelina H. Rutter;
his parents, David J. and Jill C., nee Flassig, Rutter;
two brothers, Drew (Michelle) Rutter of O’Fallon, IL, and Ian (Susana) Rutter of Belleville, IL;
brother-in-law and sister-in law, Velida (Suljo) Alic;
nieces and nephew, Isabelle, Miranda, Nejra and Janus;
in-laws, Vejsil (Zineta) Smajic of St. Louis, MO;
an aunt, Janet (Jeffrey) Bauer of Shiloh, IL;
two uncles, Jerry Flassig of Leslie, MO, and Steve (Judith) Rutter of Stratford, CT;
four cousins, Jaime (Adam) Martin, Dustin (Lacie) Flassig and their daughters, Sammie, Emily, and Charlotte, and Courtney (Tom) Ahrens and their sons, Trenton and Jaxson, and Eric Rutter.
Memorials may be made to the Conor and Adelina Rutter Education Fund in care of Bank of Belleville or to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.
Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.