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Kenneth B. Rutledge

NORTH CANAAN — Kenneth B. Rutledge, 93, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., died June 28, 2011. He was the husband of the late Thelma Rutledge.

Mr. Rutledge was born June 3, 1918, in New York City, N.Y., the son of the late Ann (Kennedy) and James T. Rutledge.

A smart and colorful man, he served as a lieutenant during World War II. Following his service to our country, Mr. Rutledge began a career with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as postmaster with the North Canaan post office.

He cherished his wife of 62 years and his family.

Mr. Rutledge was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, tennis and fly-fishing. He was known for his unique outlook on life, and this perspective impacted those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Mr. Rutledge had a huge love for music and a wonderful sense of humor. He had a way of becoming friends with everyone he came in contact with.

He is survived by a son, Patrick K. Rutledge and his wife, Rochelle C. Rutledge, of Sullivan’s Island, S.C.; a daughter, Pamela M. Packard and her husband, Allan, of Mount Pleasant and their daughter, Christina Packard Gray and her husband, Steve; a son, James T. Rutledge and his wife, Nancy, of Salisbury; a son, Glenn K. Rutledge of Fletcher, N.C., and his daughters, Holly and Kelsi Rutledge; his great-grandchildren, Alex and Kenny Gray; his cousins, Leo and Amy York of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a niece, Mary Ann Miller of San Diego, Calif., and her family in Anacortes, Wash.; and his dear friends, Debbie Quick and her husband, Chris, of Summerville, S.C.

The Rutledge family is grateful for the extraordinary and passionate care given by Piedmont Hospice.

A memorial Mass will be held July 9 at Christ Our King Catholic Church in Mount Pleasant. Memorial contributions may be made to Piedmont Hospice.

Arrangements are under the care of the McAlister-Smith Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant. To send an online condolence, go online to www.mcalistersmith.com.