Jesse T. Rutledge passed away on Sunday July 31, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Pilot Hill. He was 73 years old. His final days were spent surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Jesse was born on May 15, 1943 at “Jesse Turner” Army Base, after which he was named, in Van Buren, Arkansas. His parents were Mrs. Josephine Lincks and Mr. Calvin Rutledge.
At the age of 7, Jesse left Arkansas with his mother and two older sisters for California. He resided in Winters, where he graduated from Winters High School in 1961. Throughout his attendance at Winters High School, Jesse served as student body president and excelled in all three sports: baseball, basketball and football.
Jesse spent most of his adult life residing in Woodland. He retired from PG&E in 1994, after 30 years of service. Jesse played men’s softball for many years as pitcher, coached Little League, and in 1994 he was honored for 25 years of service where he was inducted into Woodland’s Softball Association Hall of Fame.
Jesse loved music, especially ’50s doo wop, good ole rock and roll and listening to the blues. He enjoyed nature and being outside. He loved fishing, gardening, country drives and reminiscing about the good ole days.
Jesse, will be missed by many. He had a way of making us all feel special, whether you knew him all of your life or crossed paths only once.
He is survived by his three children, Frank (Carol) Rutledge, Debbie (Bary) Tory and Kelli Rutledge. Eight grandchildren survive him, Candy (Matt) Liddicoat-Vella, Tyler (Darcie) Rutledge, Vanessa Liddicoat, Karissa Rutledge, Colby Rutledge, Nicalous Rutledge-Felix, Desiree Tory, Mia Rutledge-Flores, and four great-grandchildren. Izaiah, Nevaeh, Aubrey and Lumen. Also surviving him are Jesse’s siblings, Tom (Vonda) Hobbs, Pamela (Ted) Williams, Tim and Connie Hobbs. Amongst, numerous nieces and nephews.
Jesse is preceded in death by his father Calvin Rutledge, his mother and stepfather Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hobbs, and his sisters Patricia, Peggy and Jane.
A private memorial has been scheduled. Per the request of his children, A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. Jesse’s family looks forward to sharing this special day with all of his family and friends, and encourages all to join them at American Legion Hall, 523 Bush Street in Woodland.