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MEMORIAM: John Ruttan, Oswego, New York

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  
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John Ruttan, an active member of the Central New York Woodturners, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 21, 2015. John helped out every year demonstrating woodturning on a treadle lathe during the 12 days of the New York State Fair (the accompanying photo is from the 2014 event).


~ Barbara Raymond-LaPrease

Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late George and Lulu (Noerr) Ruttan.

He worked as an Industrial Mechanic for Alcan retiring after 30 years.

Post retirement, John pursued his love of woodworking by making beautiful one of a kind pieces that he sold around New York State at craft shows. Most recently he worked and sold his art at Lakeside Artisans in downtown Oswego.

John was often called MacGyver by his family because he could fix anything and would help anyone that needed it.

John will be missed greatly and may he be forever eating popcorn, drinking Pepsi and making art.

John adored his wife Noreen and was married for 48 years. Noreen and John were married on January 28, 1967 in an Oswego style snowstorm.

Surviving are his wife, Noreen (Callaghan) Ruttan; a daughter, Julie Ruttan of Albany; two sons, Bryan Ruttan and Stephen Ruttan and fiancé Jennifer DeLong, all of Oswego; two sisters, Carol (Alan) Todd and Beverly Goewey, both of Oswego; a brother, William Ruttan Sr.; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Ruttan.

Calling hours will be held 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, with a service to follow, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.

Spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foundation for Upstate Medical University, 750 E. Adams St., CAB326, Syracuse, NY 13210. www.foundationforupstate.org.

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