LeROY – Beryl William Rutledge, 98, of rural LeRoy passed away at 10:10 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 10, 2014) at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy, with Pastor Jerimiah Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, rural Champaign, with military rites accorded.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at the funeral home. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Beryl Rutledge Memorial Fund for the benefit of 4-H and FFA Youth Livestock Producers from DeWitt County and Central Illinois, in care of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Mansfield.
Beryl was born May 30, 1916, in Rutledge Township, DeWitt County, Illinois, a son of Cecil Allen and Esther Alvina Feicke Rutledge. He married Ruby Ann Whitehurst on Jan. 26, 1947, in Long Beach, Calif. She passed away on June 11, 1988.
He is survived by his children, William Allen Rutledge of Farmer City, Deborah Ann Lashbrook of Frisco, Texas, Robert Glenn Rutledge of Naples, Texas, and Rebecca Leigh (Bruce) Brumleve of DeWitt; six grandchildren, Brett William (Josephine) Rutledge of LeRoy, Brandon Allen Rutledge of LeRoy, Brock Jackson Rutledge of Champaign, Jennifer Nicole Lashbrook of Farmers Branch, Texas, Jessica Dyan (Derek) Taylor of Dallas and Samuel Alan Brumleve of DeWitt; three great-grandchildren, Jayden Jackson Rutledge, Knox Allen Rutledge and Berlyn Anne Rutledge; and one sister, Donna L. Thompson of Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Ann Rutledge; parents; grandson, Nathan Brumleve; and infant brother, Paul Richard Rutledge.
Beryl was a charter member of the Farmer City FFA receiving the highest degree of American Farmer. He graduated from Moore Township High School, Farmer City. After graduating from high school, he was manager of the Gring and McCord elevator at Farmer City and also farmed.
He was a Navy World War II veteran, having served four years on the U.S. Massachusetts as a Petty Officer First Class in the Medical Corps. He was awarded 13 battle stars while serving in the South Pacific. After returning from service, Beryl was the owner and operator of Rutledge Farms Livestock and Grain Operation.
He was a former member of Prairie Chapel Church, rural Farmer City, charter member of Joe Williams American Legion Post No. 55, Farmer City, member of the Farmer City Masonic Lodge No. 710 and a member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau.
Beryl served on the Farmer City School Board for 12 years, served as Rutledge Township supervisor for 35 plus years, was active in Farmer City Little League for more than 15 years and was active in the State and National Cattle Breeding Associations.
He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be missed by family, friends and community. Beryl is now with his loving wife, Ruby.