Thomas Rutledge

Welches, Oregon

December 5, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
64 Marine L/Cpl



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January 20, 2012

From The News Guard
Thomas Rutledge
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:51 pm, Tue Dec 20, 2011.

Thomas Rutledge of Welches, Ore., died peacefully in his home Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 64.
Tom was born on Feb. 27, 1947, to Dale L. and Zela V. Rutledge and raised in Gleneden Beach. He attended Taft grade school and high school, graduated from Salem High School and attended Western Oregon University. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966 and served in Vietnam, attaining the rank of Lance Corporal. He returned from military service and attended Clackamas Community College before moving to the Welches area where he spent the last 40 years of his life.
Tom operated an independent logging business until his death. He loved the great outdoors and had a passion for the natural beauty of the area in which he was fortunate to live. He enjoyed fishing, especially the time he spent fishing in Alaska with his father.
Tom will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

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