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James C. Rutledge, Age 83 of North East, went home to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ whom he sincerely loved, on January 1, 2024, at the Nightingale Nursing home.
He was born January 26, 1940 in Erie to the late William and Ethel Rutledge. James was an identical twin to his brother Jerry L. Rutledge. James was graduated from Lawrence Park High School in 1958. In his early teens he developed very good work ethics and some business skills with Erie Times newspaper routes, with many customers in Lawrence Park.
After graduating High School he was employed by General Electric Company in Lawrence Park, with the plant wide mail system. He was very good at riding a UNICYCLE, and in good weather would ride from the parking lot, right to building 14, and up the elevator. Someone took a picture of him and it was published on the front page in the Erie Plant Weekly newspaper! He was so happy and he showed the paper to everyone!
After his tenure with at GE, he moved to Florida for several years; he loved the beach, and everything water related. He also learned the printing business while living in Florida.
In the 80’s he moved to Marietta Georgia, where he advanced in the printing business as a Master Offset Press Journeyman, knowing how to setup, run and repair all printing machines, even the Tri Color Presses; printing all kinds of books, magazines, cards, etc. Very few pressmen knew how to run that type machine. He was very mechanically inclined and could fix almost anything.
He liked camping, especially on Redtop Mountain in Georgia, also fishing and boating. In earlier years in Erie he had a nice outboard motor boat. He loved water skiing in Thompson Bay at the Erie Peninsula with Brother Bill. Jim was the best!
In Marietta he met and married Lana Young. They were together until her death from a health illness in 2005. After Lana’s passing, his BEST FRIEND and traveling companion was Niki, a pure white female German Shepherd; he had got her as a puppy, trained her extremely well; she obeyed his every word. He loved her and did everything with her at his side; He had hundreds of pictures of her that he would gladly show to anyone and everyone!
In 2016 James moved to North East and lived with his brother and sister- in- law, Bill and Ruth Rutledge. He faithfully attended the Lakeview Church of God and also was a faithful member of the senior adult JOY GROUP. It was at Lakeview that he met Mariea Harvey, and fell deeply in love with her, saying that she was exactly what he had prayed for. After months of pursuing her, he finally convinced her to marry him. They married November 28, 2018 and honeymooned in Florida. They were very happy for the few years they had together.
Some of James and Mariea’s favorite things to do, was going to Freeport to enjoy the Sunsets and the lake, just settings and visiting, rocking on their porch swing holding hands, watching TV together in the evenings, visiting with friends and family. Bust MOST OF ALL, talking about Jesus and His blessings to them. That is what they loved most about each other, their mutual love for the Lord. James loved to read his Bible and journal his thoughts.
James leaves behind his wife of 5 years, Mariea Bidwell, Lukasiak, Harvey, Rutledge; one daughter, Machelle Jean Rutledge Bolen of Pittsburgh, grandson, Braxton Thomas Bolen, granddaughters, Cameron Jade Bolen, and Ashlyn Grace Bolen, brother William Rutledge (Ruth) of North East, sister Susan Fielder (Richard) Pittsburgh, brother-in-law, Clarence Hess of Erie, sister-in-law, Darlene Rutledge of Huntley Illinois, and several nieces and nephews, and step-children.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Ethel Rutledge, his sister Marjorie Hess, his Twin Brother, Jerry Rutledge, and a nephew, Mark Hess.
A “Celebration of Life” Memorial Service will be held Saturday January 20, at the Lakeview Church of God 5335 Route 89 North East, 11 am – 12pm visitation, with service immediate following. Pastor Reverend Michael Grove Officiating. James dearly loved Pastor Mike!
The family wishes to express special thanks to Pastor Mike Grove for his support and many visits, to all who have prayed for and visited James, and to all our church family for their love, prayers and support; you have blessed and encouraged us!
We also want to thank Elkin Funeral Home and the nurses and aides at Nightingale Nursing Home that cared for James this past year.
Please send condolences to elkinfh.com.