Michael Charles Rutledge, age 67, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Davis Hospital due to health complications.
Mike was born May 31, 1955, in Lancaster California. He was born at home and his dad had said the minute he was born " This S.O.B is going to be different, he ruined the mattress". His upbringing paved the way for his outspoken character that we all loved.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Barbara S. Rutledge, and his son, Joshua Smith, who he raised since Josh was 2 years old. Mike also leaves behind his two children he had with his first wife, Michelle (Steve) Meacham, from Texas, and his son Christopher Rutledge, who resides in Oklahoma.
Mike was preceded in death by both his father, Paul, and mother, Corrine Rutledge of Lancaster California. Mike had two sisters, Kathy (Steve) Franklin of Michigan, Jeannie (Michael) Haugen of Tennessee, and brother P.J.- Paul Joseph (Cathy) Rutledge of Sacramento California.
Mike was a retired veteran of the United States Airforce. He served 20 years in the military and fought in Desert Storm. He began a career as a security police officer and then continued with learning about the science of corrosion on sheet metal, which led him to the love of mechanics, and painting military planes.
He dedicated a big part of his life helping others. He met the love of his life, Barbara and married in 1982. Mike and Barb were both in the military and traveled the world together living in: Guam, Texas, England, Germany, and ultimately settling in Utah.
Mike had a love of mechanics and painting vehicles. He owned and operated AMF Collision for many years. Opened in February of 1998 and retired in September of 2022. Unfortunately, he had to shut the shop down, that he loved so much.
Mike was such a character- his sense of humor would always put a smile on your face. You would agree or not agree with him and he would say, " Oh well what could you do!", this was a famous Mike quote.
Some things you might know about Mike is that he was a man of routine. He always had the TV turned to A- team, Mash, or SpongeBob, as these were his favorites. He loved his friends, his family, and his little dogs. He always made time for "doggie pets" as he would say every time he walked through the door.
We love you Mike and will miss you dearly. You are a good man, father, husband, and a great friend to many.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00PM Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 South 2000 West, Syracuse, Utah. Friends may visit the family from 1:00 to 2:00PM on Friday, before the service.
Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com