Donald K. “Don” Rutledge, 65, of Bloomington, passed away at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday (March 6, 2018) at his home.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 2000 E. College Ave., Normal. The Rev. Larry Gaylord will officiate. Burial will be in Randolph Township Cemetery, Heyworth. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. The family suggests memorials be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Mid-Illinois Hematology & Oncology Associates or First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are being handled by Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Don was born Jan. 26, 1953, in Decatur, the son of Thomas “Kenneth” and Helen Clow Rutledge. He married Nancy E. Lykkebak on Aug. 7, 1976, in Rockford.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Kimberly A. (Florian) Titjung, Kapfenberg, Austria, and David M. (Meggan) Rutledge, Lincolnshire; one grandson, Charles G. Rutledge; two brothers, Thomas W. (Judy) Rutledge, St. Petersburg, Fla., and David C. Rutledge, Mankato, Minn.; and one sister, Barbara K. (Ron) Pohl, Winslow.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
Don graduated from Bement High School in 1971, where he excelled in athletics and was a member of the local 4-H club. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1975 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Don worked at IDOT for the first year of his career and later joined the Farnsworth Group as a civil engineer where he worked for over 41 years. Don started out as a transportation engineer and later became a principal for the Farnsworth Group.
Don was a member of the Normal Rotary Cub since 1987, and was a Paul Harris Fellow, Hall of Honor and was a past president in 1993. He was a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, served on the board and was a past state president in 2005. Don was a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and was a past president in 1982. Don was active in the surrounding communities in both work and charity including the construction of local playgrounds and baseball fields. The town of Downs made him an honorary citizen for his contributions.
He was a faithful servant of the First Presbyterian Church. Along with Don’s love for the outdoors and sports, he was very active in his children’s lives, spending time on the family farms, coaching sports and mentoring. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He will be missed by all he touched and who knew him.
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