Donald Rutter

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Donald John Rutter, 90, of Edwardsville, IL, formerly of Belleville and St. Libory, IL, born December 16, 1932, in St. Louis, MO, died Monday, December 4, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his dear family.

Donald was first and foremost a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a United States Navy veteran. He retired from the logistics and procurement department at Boeing, after 32 years. Donald loved playing Pinochle with his grandkids, boating, camping, and keeping his yard perfect. He also had an appreciation for classic cars. Donald especially loved to travel, with his wife, to visit all his kids’ and grandkids’ colleges and universities around the United States. He was an avid sports fan of baseball or whichever sport his grandkids were playing at the time. In his youth, he was also a member of the St. Clair Greater County league baseball team.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Irene M., nee Behrmann, Rutter; two brothers, Norman Rutter and Henry “Harry” Rutter; and a sister-in-law, Helen Heintz.

Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Mae Rutter, nee Heintz, whom he married on May 30, 1958; three children, Barb J. (Enrico) Bertucci, Roslyn M. (Shawn) Corcoran, and Kenneth S. (Dia) Rutter; six grandchildren, Rico (Kristine) Bertucci, Don Antony (Lacey) Bertucci, Robert (Tiffany) Bertucci, Victoria (Dan) Berger, nee Bertucci, Joel Rutter, and Sarah Rutter; two great-grandchildren, Ruby Mae and Mina Rae Bertucci; four sisters-in-law, Marie Rutter, Marie (Larry) Bultman, Jackie (Adrian) Lehde, and Judy (Dave) Fahrner; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Heintz and Kenneth (Jeannie) Heintz; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church or the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2023, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly and Fr. Stan Konieczny concelebrating.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


6 Comments on Donald Rutter

Lisa Bailey said : Guest Report Mar 18, 2024 at 5:44 PM

Shirley, My deepest sympathy on Don's passing. I hope you are doing okay. Thinking of you, Barb, Roz, and Ken.

  • Mission
  • Kansas
Michael & Nicolette Myers said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2024 at 2:24 PM

Thinking of you and your family during this time of loss. We pray that surrounding yourself with friends and family who love and suppprt you will bring you peace during this difficult time.

  • Dana point
  • Ca
Bruce Hall and family said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 8:08 PM

Keeping Mr Rutter and the entire family in our thoughts and our hearts. Bruce and Family.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Bob Cannon said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 4:20 PM

Peace be with Roz and her family during this time. We are thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Laurie Lowery said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 11:22 AM

My sincere condolences Roz, Shawn, and the entire Rutter family. All my Love and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Florissant
  • MO
Deb Timko said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 6:28 PM

Shirley and family I was so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. It does sound like he had a wonderful, long life. I remember meeting him when Shirley and I worked together many years ago at The Messenger in Belleville. I hope you can all rejoice in your years of wonderful memories.

  • Dunedin
  • FL

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