Clarence H. Rutt Jr.

Clarence H. Rutt Jr., 90, of Lititz, Pa., died Oct. 10, 2021. He was born Feb. 20, 1931, to Clarence H. Sr. and Elva Sauder Rutt in New Holland.

He married Helen Althouse on Aug. 6, 1955. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 2013.

He was a 1949 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, a 1953 graduate of Eastern Mennonite College and a 1957 graduate of Hahnemann Medical School. He served in medical missions with Mennonite Central Committee in Indonesia from 1958 to 1967. Afterward, he completed his surgical residency in Philadelphia in 1971 and moved to Lancaster. He was a general surgeon from 1971 to 1996 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lancaster, Columbia Hospital and later at Lancaster General Hospital, where he assisted in heart surgeries. He retired from his medical career in 2000.

He was an active member of Landisville Mennonite Church, where he taught Sunday school, served as a trustee and in other positions. He was a member of the Mennonite Medical Association, the Lancaster City & County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American College of Surgeons. He held leadership positions in several of these organizations. He assisted in natural disaster recovery efforts in Indonesia, Pakistan and Haiti and sang with the Lancaster Franconia Choral Singers. He enjoyed woodworking, crossword puzzles, ping pong, water volleyball and bike riding.

Survivors include four children, Carol Jeanne (Edward) Landis, of Independence, Ky., Sur (Kevin) Glick of Akron, Richard (Michelle) Rutt of Ephrata and Steve (Elena Sheina) Rutt of Pittsburgh; five siblings, Mary (Daniel) Enck, Glenn (Pauline) Rutt, Barbara (Charles) Longenecker, John (Rebecca) Rutt and Carl (Lovina) Rutt; a brother-in-law, John Eby; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; a sister, Joyce Eby; and a grandson.

Memorial services were held at Landisville Mennonite Church. Burial was in Landisville Mennonite Church Memorial Garden. Memorial contributions may be made to Landis Homes Caring Fund.

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