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Charles Rutten

Charles George Rutten, 89, formerly of New York Mills and Butler area, died Feb. 26, 2006, at Lakewood Health Systems Care Center in Staples.

He was born Feb. 3, 1917, to Joseph and Katherine (Dykhoff) Rutten in Butler. He graduated from the four-year high school course at Crosier College in Onamia. He served in the Army for four years, two months, in World War II in Co. H 32 Infantry 7th Division and fought the Japanese in four battles in Attu, Kwajalien, Leyte and Okinawa. He earned the Bronze Star medal and said he was very lucky in not earning the Purple Heart. He married Marie Bucholz on Nov. 26, 1946, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham. They farmed in Butler until 1986, when they retired. She died in June 1987. He married Vera Minge on June 28, 1991, at St. Henrys Church in Monticello. She died in January 2002. Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing and watching sports events, reading, gardening, berry picking and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. People knew him to be quite competitive.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. today (March 2) at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Butler with the Rev. Joe Herzing officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. March 1 at Schoeneberger Funeral Home in Perham with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation is also one hour before services today (Thursday) at the church.

Survivors include seven children, Jim (Kathy) of Motley, Jerry (Mary) of Hawley, Michael (Suzy) of Northfield, Richard of Perham, Kathleen (Roy Mulske) of , Butler/Glyndon, Tina (Greg) Moenkedick of Verndale and Jeff (Leanne) of Tampa, Fla.; fourteen grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rosella Boogaard and Evelyn Boogaard of Osakis, and Catherine (Merlyn) Hofvedt of Plymouth; one brother, Clarence (Betty) of Butler.

He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; two brothers, Albert and Lester; one son, Joseph; and one daughter, Jeanine.