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Information for Herbert Dewitt Rutan
22 December 1891 - 8 March 1987
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
March 1987
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Herbert Rutan

    Graveside services for Herbert D. Haan, 95, of Boise and formerly of Melba, who died Sunday, March 8, in a Boise hospital, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Melba Cemetery.
    Dr. Fred Knight, pastor of the Melba Community Baptist Church, will officiate with military rites by the Melba American Legion Divin-Slonecker Post No. 126.  Friends may meet at the cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
    Mr. Rutan was born Dec. 22, 1891, at Staplehurst, Neb., to Lawrence A. and Hattie Rutan.
    As a young man he moved to Alma, Neb., where he married Nettie Lyle Faubion April 8, 1917. 
    He served in the U.S. Army in World War I and was in France at the time the Armistice was signed.
    After the war, they farmed in Wilsonville, Neb., until moving to Melba in 1934.  He farmed there until retiring in 1971.  In 1978, they moved to Nampa to make their home.
    Mrs. Rutan died in 1983.  Following her death he moved to Meridian to live with his son, Leonard.  He had recently moved to a Boise care center.
    He was a member of the Melba Community Baptist Church and was a charter member of the War Eagle Barracks No. 459 Veterans of World War I.
    He is survived by three sons and their wives, Leonard and Nancy Rutan of Meridian, Gene and Olla Jane Rutan of Nampa and Russell and Patricia Rutan Of Reynolds Creek; four sisters, Hattie Cuckler of Hutchinson, Kan., Mabel Medinger of Alma, Helen Lowe of Hinton, Okla., and Pearle Woods of Hastings, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Francis; a brother and seven sisters.
    Friends may call at the Nampa Alsip chapel today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Memorials may be made to the Melba Community Baptist Church memorial fund, Melba 83641; the Idaho Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 534, Rupert 83350; or flowers may be sent.

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