Saturday, February 6, 2021

 Robert Hart Ruttman

Robert Hart Ruttman, known as Bob, was born January 16, 1926 to August Ruttman and Mary (Hart) Ruttman on the family farm in Iosco Township, Mi. Bob passed away January 27, 2021 in Fowlerville, at the age of 95. He married Lydia Bowers on June 1, 1946 and had three children: Cindy (Fred) Krebs, Becky (Harold) Browning and Mark (Kate) Ruttman. They also have an honorary daughter Kathy (Dennis) Graves.

Bob was a dairy farmer until 1974. That year, he and Lydia joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he worked as an agricultural consultant.

Upon return to the US, the couple purchased a cabin in Lewiston, Mi and made this their permanent residence in 1985. While living in Lewiston, Bob worked as a real estate agent and as a sanitation attendant at the township “dump”. The couple returned to Fowlerville in 2015 to be closer to their family.

Bob was a member of the Fowlerville Masonic Lodge, the Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Milk Producers Association and the American Holstein Friesian Association. He served as Iosco Township Superviser, was on the Fowlerville Fair Board, was a director of the Livingston County Soil Conservation, and was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Bob loved his newspaper puzzles, visits from family, playing euchre, indulging in a big bowl of butter pecan ice cream, making his renowned peanut brittle and his trademark Toast Lifters.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lydia, of 74 years; children, Cindy, Mark and Kathy; grandchildren, Dianne (J), Jodi (Jamie), Pete (Amber), Shawn, (Perry), John (Jessica), Elizabeth (J.R.), Nancy, Bobby, Rick, Mary (Matt), Martha (Luke), nineteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Becky; brother, Frank (Betty); and sisters, Celia (Hollis) Lounsbury, and Ruth (Leslie) White.

Due to Covid, a private funeral service was held at Herrmann Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11am. Bob’s family then invited friends join them for memorial service and luncheon held at Krebsview Farms at 12:30pm.

Monetary contributions can be made to Bob’s church in Lewiston—the Congregational Church of Christ—or the The Guest House, in Fowlerville. Online condolences may be expressed at

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