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Donald Rutledge

Donald Rutledge

January 21, 1927     ~     January 11, 2012

Robert Donald Rutledge, 84, Glasgow, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Born January 21, 1927 in Rock Island, IL, he was a son of the late Robert and Lottie Bertha Clements Rutledge. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Martha Bell Jones Rutledge; his sister, Doris Grinstead, and a brother, Mitchell Rutledge.

Donald graduated from Glasgow High School in 1947 and Western Kentucky State College in 1951. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II. Donald and Martha owned and operated the Glasgow Republican newspaper from 1959 to 1967 and The Print Shop from 1967 until 1980. Donald was an elder, past chairman of the board, and a trustee of First Christian Church of Glasgow. He served on the board of directors of First Federal Savings in Glasgow and was chairman of the board of T. J. Samson Hospital from 1980 until 2000.

Donald is survived by his children, Nina Moran (Chuck), Philip Rutledge (Sara), Jane Rutledge, and Paul Rutledge (Suzie); his eight grandchildren, Sarah Moran, Elizabeth Moran, Kate Spurling, Will Rutledge, Matthew Rutledge, Christopher Rutledge, Emilie Rutledge, and Adam Rutledge; his great-granddaughter, Georgia Moretti; and his brother, David Rutledge (Deborah).

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the First Christian Church with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to BRAWA, First Christian Church of Glasgow, or your favorite charity.

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Guest Register

13 Entries for Donald Rutledge

  1. Karen and Craig Peterson says:

    Liz, we love you and are very sorry we are out of town. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Karen and Craig Peterson says:

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  3. Richard mattingly says:

    Nina, sorry for lost of your dad. l will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Kaye Bartley Cardwell says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Donald & Martha Bell were wonderful people and will be missed by all who knew them.

  5. Bill Muckler says:

    Philip, so sorry for your loss. Know that I always like your Dad, found him to be open and fun. And also know my thoughts arre with you. Sorry I am unable to attend the services.

    Love to you and your family,


  6. Mike and Mary Rice says:

    Philip you have our deepest sympathy. Your Dad and Mom were always kind to our family. Praying for you and your family.

    Mike and Mary

  7. Jane Bowman says:


    Just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you. Your mom and dad were the best and will be missed by all who knew them.

    With deepest sympathy,

  8. Donnie & Lori Miller says:

    So sorry to the family for your loss.

  9. Richard & Carolyn Chambers says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your Father. I will always treasure our front porch visits in the summer. Your Mom & Dad were two very special people and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Carolyn & Richard

  10. Martha Crow says:

    To the Rutledge family, Donald and Martha were two of the finest people I have ever known. It was always a pleasure to see them. Prayers and love to each of you. God Bless.

  11. Wilma Pace Rogers says:

    Nina, Phillip, Jane, Paul and family
    My deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with each of you. It is sad when we become the older generation in our family.
    I remember the good times visiting with Donald and Martha as we prepared the club house for the Jones Reunion each year. They were one of the first to arrive and last to leave. Your Father and Mother were very special to me and will be greatly missed.

  12. Nancy Hall Pace says:

    To all the Rutledges– There are no words for the loss the world has suffered with Donald’s and Martha Bell’s passing. But I know heaven is dancing in the streets. Your parents have left a remarkable legacy of family, love of God, and community. Love to all of you. Nancy

  13. Judy Rigdon Tarter says:

    Nina, Philip and family – so sorry to hear of the passing of Donald and just recently, your dear mother. I always thought a lot of both of your parents. I know they will be greatly missed by family, friends and community.