Date Of BirthMar-07-1944
Date of deathOct-29-2019
A memorial visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. with a mass to celebrate his life to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, 43W885 Hughes, Rd. Elburn, IL, on November 4, 2019. Private family burial will follow at a later date.
Paul Evan Rutter, age 75, of Elburn, IL, passed away into the arms of his Savior, Tuesday, October 29, 2019, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family. He was born March 7, 1944, in Elmhurst, IL, to proud parents, Paul and Goldie (Bradley) Rutter. Paul grew up in Lombard where he attended local schools. He was a member of the first graduating class at Glenbard East High School in 1962. Before receiving his diploma, Paul proudly defended the honor of Glenbard East while playing on the basketball team. He continued his education at Aurora University but returned to school after the kids were older. Paul worked at Reproduction Products, but found an original in Regina Zuwala. For Regina it was love at first sight but before anything could start, Paul was drafted into the United States Army. Regina wrote to him while he was away and fate intervened when he was home on leave and the delayed loved story began in earnest. They walked down the aisle together, hand in hand, on July 27, 1968. They began their new life together in Batavia for a time before buying a house in Aurora. Eventually they built their own house in Elburn in 1979. They were blessed with three children, laughter and love which quickly made that house a home. He worked at the Golden Point, a local hamburger joint, during his high school years and was fond of bringing home a sack full of burgers at the end of each shift for his family and friends. Paul loved to work on cars. He had a mechanics vision but also had a gift for numbers. After his schooling he became a purchasing agent at Lyon Metal/Sycamore Systems. After over 40 years, Paul retired in 2011 and was known to say that in retirement, “every day was Saturday”. Paul’s stature equaled the love he had in his heart for his family and friends. His stubborn nature lent him an aura of stability and strength, although Heaven help you if you didn’t live by his clock. Paul’s sense of humor showed through easily and disguised his protective nature over his family. He was master of his home and took meticulous care of his house, but his garage was where he truly reigned. Tinkering in his garage, capped with a beverage or two with his neighbor, made each day worth living. He loved dogs of all kinds, but accepted cats because Regina was a “cat person”. Later in life, Paul fell in love with biking and together with Regina, went on many scenic bike rides along the river in Aurora but also rode 35 miles one way to Starved Rock. They then rode back and celebrated their return with an anniversary dinner. After all was said and done, Paul and Regina loved to spend time with family, especially their grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Regina Rutter; two children: Michael Rutter and his children, Holland and Jorah; Kim (David) McCarthy and their children: Callahan and Mason; two brothers Darrell Rutter and John Rutter and one sister Marilyn Rutter; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends. Paul was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Goldie Rutter; one daughter Tiffany Rutter; one daughter-in-law, Kristy Rutter. A memorial visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. with a mass to celebrate his life to follow at 11 a.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church, 43W885 Hughes, Rd. Elburn, IL, on November 4, 2019. Private family burial will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Paul’s name. Checks may be made to the “Paul E. Rutter Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.