ForeverMissed
Funeral service will be held Monday, June 22, 2020 at W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory. Walk-through visitation will begin at 12:00pm and service to follow at 1:00pm. Mask are required for the services.

Leon Rutledge Jr. (JR) was born December 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio. JR was one of eight children born to his loving mother Betty Jean Rutledge-Jackson and his dedicate father, Leon Rutledge Sr.. Leon (JR) received his formal education from Dayton Public School system. He attended Roth High School.

Leon (JR) loved his children, grandchildren and his entire Family. In JR’s past time enjoyed spending time with his Rutledge Family Cookouts and Family Reunions. You would often catch him

hanging out with his cousins Joseph (Lil Joe) Rutledge Jr. & Calvin (Big Dav) Rutledge Jr.. Leon (JR) was employed at NCR in the maintenance department until his illness. He also was employed Rut’s Drive-Thru, where he worked alongside his cousin, Big Dav. Leon (JR) was the life of the party. He kept you laughing with a story. At the Rutledge Family Reunions and Family picnics, he was the one family member that volunteered and was always ready and available to help. Leon (JR) was a perfectionist when working. He did it and did it right.

Leon (JR) transitioned into his heavenly life on Friday, June 12, 2020 to join his mother Betty Jean Rutledge-Smartt, his father Leon Rutledge Sr., Aunt Margie Rutledge, cousin Jason Rutledge and his, maternal grandparents Leonard Jackson and Elizabeth Durant and his paternal grandparents Annie Middlebrooks-Rutledge and Crawford Rutledge.

Leon (JR) is survived by his children Annie & Kashion both of (Indianapolis, IN), Jamyala, Jamon, and Jeramaree Rutledge and Rotishia Thomas, and Grandchildren, Jaceon “King” and Mya Doir Rutledge. His siblings includes Charles F. Smartt (Los Angeles, California), Sean Rutledge (wife Sarah Marletta Brooks Rutledg), Deon, Real, Lil Gean, Murphy Lee Thomas, Derona Mattison and Jesse Flucas, all of Dayton, Ohio, Trish Ann Harris and Philemon Thomas,(Philadelphia, PA). Leon (JR) is also survived by his favorite uncle Calvin “Cat-Man” Rutledge Sr. and his favorite sister/cousin Toni Rutledge, (Los Angeles, California) and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives, friends and his Rutledge Family which he adored.

Leon (JR) is also survived by The Love of his Life, Special Friend/Life Partner, His Rollie, Bestfriend, Allison Jameison, who never left his side, spent countless hours with JR and never gave up on JR. She seen his recovery when the doctors, nurses and rehabilitation specialist didn’t. Allison never gave up on her baby JR. Allison, the Rutledge


Family thank you for your love, support and dedication to JR during his lifetime. We love you. JR will be Sorely missed by his Family and Friends. We love you JR, but GOD Loves Best. Our Family take comfort in knowing JR may be absent from his body his shell but he is now present with the LORD!

Professional services entrusted to W.E. Lusain Funeral Home.
Posted by Ruth Smith on June 21, 2020
Sending my condolences to the family we shared some good times together as friends .
Posted by Michelle Dennis on June 21, 2020
My prayers and condolences the family. JR was a fun a silly guy. He kept a smile on my face. I'm truly going to miss him. R. I .H big cuz.
Posted by Tyrus Carter on June 21, 2020
I'll never forget the times and adventures we shared over the years. We shared big laughs everytime we saw each other, as well as passed on any information that was financially beneficial for each other( social security, disability etc.) You will always have a place in my heart and memory, until we meet again know that you are loved and missed greatly. If gives me some degree of comfort to know that you suffer no longer, till we meet again cuz
Posted by Pamela Cospy on June 18, 2020
Rest In Heaven Big Guy ~ My heart is deeply saddened that you're gone. I will miss your loyalty & laughter. I'm happy that you will have No more tears, No more pain & You've gained your wings. You're Free! ILY Forever
Posted by Tracey A King Finley on June 18, 2020
My friend Jr was an amazing man he was always there for me when I first moved to Dayton with my husband Tyrone Keith Finley , we shared a lot of good times ..you will me missed very much. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Angela Brown on June 17, 2020
I’m sorry to hear this Rest Easy J.R. My Condolences to the Rutledge Family ☹️
Posted by Laticia Rutledge on June 17, 2020
Jr. you will truly be missed by the entire Family you was so much fun , always had a story to tell I will miss your presence but will never forget you Love you Big Cousin , Tisha
Posted by James Johnson on June 17, 2020
My condolences to the family! My family and I used to live down the street from Jr. And his mom Mrs. Betty, and brother shawn. They used to have us laughing and just had a great blessed time. Those were the days. Pompano circle! Much love

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Posted by Ruth Smith on June 21, 2020
Sending my condolences to the family we shared some good times together as friends .
Posted by Michelle Dennis on June 21, 2020
My prayers and condolences the family. JR was a fun a silly guy. He kept a smile on my face. I'm truly going to miss him. R. I .H big cuz.
Posted by Tyrus Carter on June 21, 2020
I'll never forget the times and adventures we shared over the years. We shared big laughs everytime we saw each other, as well as passed on any information that was financially beneficial for each other( social security, disability etc.) You will always have a place in my heart and memory, until we meet again know that you are loved and missed greatly. If gives me some degree of comfort to know that you suffer no longer, till we meet again cuz
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Shared by Lisa Preston on June 17, 2020
Me and my family is going to miss you Rip cuz love you til we meet again