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Willis Rutter

October 7, 2000

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Services for Willis A. Rutter, 87, rural Coffeyville, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Ford-Wulf-Bruns Edgewood Chapel, Coffeyville. Burial will be in Tanneyhill Cemetery, Arkansas City.

Mr. Rutter died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 7, 1912, in rural Geuda Springs, the son of Perry and Gladys (King) Rutter. He attended Middleton Grade School, Geuda Springs High School, Arkansas City Junior College and Southwestern College in Winfield. He moved to Coffeyville in 1950.

Mr. Rutter played semi-pro basketball and baseball and worked at the Kanotex Refinery in Arkansas City as a yard foreman for 15 years. He was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants in the early 1940s, but family commitments prompted him to keep his refinery job during the World War II years.

After moving to Coffeyville he was a dairy and wheat farmer. He also refereed basketball games and coached grade school track.

He had been the president of the Kansas-Missouri-Oklahoma Dairy Assn. and later was director of the American Milk Producers Institute, Wichita. He also had served in board or leadership positions in the S.E.K. elevator, Kanoma Co-op, Bartlett Co-op and the D.H.I.A. Farm Bureau.

Mr. Rutter also had served on the Clymore school board. He was an active member and elder of the First Christian Church and had served many terms as president of the Nozark Sunday school class.

He married June Weir on April 25, 1937, in Arkansas City. She survives of Coffeyville.

Other survivors include two daughters, Helen Cox, Ozark, Mo., and Joy Clumsky, Lawrence; a brother, Lyle, Rockland, Ill.; a sister, Maxine Coffey, Arkansas City; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church or Hospice, and they may be sent in care of the funeral home, 412 W. Ninth St., Coffeyville 67337.

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