Gary Robert "Gutsy" Rutledge, Sr.

Apr 19 1947
Jul 8 2020
73 Years
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Gary Robert "Gutsy" Rutledge, Sr., 73, of Coatesville, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Penn Medicine Hospice Center in West Chester, PA. He was the husband of the late Joanne Blischke Rutledge and his first wife the late Linda Smith Rutledge. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Robert Rutledge and Marie Burton Rutledge.

Gary grew up in the community of Westwood, Valley Township. He was a 1966 graduate of the former S. Horace Scott High School in Coatesville. He was employed for 43 years by ArcelorMittal (formerly the Lukens Steel Company) of Coatesville.

He enjoyed traveling with family, taking several cruises and trips to exotic locations. He was a dedicated fan of both the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. All these activities paled in comparison to his enthusiasm for his grandchildren. He attended dance recitals, supported school fundraisers, and was a constant presence at Twin Valley’s athletic fields, never missing any of Alex’s practices or games. Pop Pop was always there to honor every milestone, birthday, or holiday. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and he was a Lifetime Member of the West Caln Sportsmen's Club. 

He is survived by one son Jason Rutledge and wife Pamela Muirhead Rutledge of West Nantmeal Township, daughter-in-law Sharon Stump Rutledge of New Holland, PA, son-in-law and daughter-in-law James Muirhead and Lauren Langella Muirhead, and sons-in-law, Kevin Muirhead, Frank Muirhead and Steven Muirhead, all of Staten Island, NY and five grandchildren; Jessica Rutledge, Alex Rutledge, Nicole Muirhead, Anthony (AJ) Muirhead and Sienna Muirhead. He was preceded in death by one son Gary Robert Rutledge, Jr.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 12:00 noon at the Upper Octorara Cemetery, 357 Octorara Rd, Parkesburg, PA 19365. Please note, if you plan on attending the services, all social distancing must be practiced including the wearing of face masks. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gary's memory to the West Caln Sportsmen's Club, P.O. Box 58, Wagontown, PA 19376.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA. Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jul 13 2020 - 12:00pm
Service Location: 
Upper Octorara Cemetery


We from Westwood will miss Gary greatly, he was a true friend to all of us, now he is at peace with Jesus.

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A great friend who will be truly missed .

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Jason, Pam and Alex, our deepest condolences and heartfelt  sympathy go out to you.  I will always remember your dad fondly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Love, Duffy, Ruth Ann and Chelsea 


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Dear Jason, Alex and Pam, I want to express my sincere sympathy for your loss. I know your family misses Gary very much. Lisa Kane

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