John Richard Ruttman, Sr.

January 6, 1949 - June 1, 2022

John Richard Ruttman, Sr., 73, a resident of North Fort Myers, FL for the past 19 years, formerly of Norristown, PA, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in North Fort Myers. He was born January 6, 1949 in Norristown to William and Sara Ruttman, now deceased.

John was of the Christian faith. He was a sports enthusiast. He loved baseball, softball, football, and golf. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and puttering around the house. He did a terrific job of decorating the Madera Pool at Christmas time with lights and wooden cutouts that he made. John was always singing and smiling.

During his battle with cancer he managed to cheer up the people in Chemo by coloring his hair every Friday with different colors. He enjoyed referring to Joyce as Nurse Krachet. John was also a very proud grandfather, he loved keeping up with all their accomplishments and everyday activities.

John proudly served in the United States Army stationed in Chu Lia, Vietnam from 1968-1970. He enjoyed texting with his Vietnam brothers and sisters. He was an all-around good guy, loved by all. He will be sorely missed. His last wishes were to pass away peacefully at home with his wife Joyce and his dog, Rico.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Ruttman of North Fort Myers; children, John Ruttman, Jr. (Danielle) of Coatesville, PA and Michael Ruttman (Carolyn) of Berwyn, PA; stepchildren, Johnny Cox (Jessie) of Rhinebeck, NY, and Jay Cox (Jenny) of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Rose Ruttman of Texas; sister, Sue Milke of Bridgeport, PA; as well as grandchildren, Jacob Ruttman, Johnny Ruttman, Michael Ruttman, Marisha Bates, Jetta Cox, and Django Cox.

John was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim Ruttman and Bill Ruttman.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of John Richard Ruttman, Sr. are suggested to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Kerry Cooper Jun 8, 2022 at 9:31 am

    John you were one Hell.of a friend. I’m going to miss our texting.

  2. Danny Thompson Jun 8, 2022 at 9:45 am

    The ” MAN” the Legend, Gone but Never Forgotten! Rest in Peace Brother 🙏

  3. Gail Hargraves Jun 8, 2022 at 9:50 am

    For the last 15 years you have been our very very very close friend and neighbor and we will miss your smiling face and . happy go lucky personality forever. Rest In Peace dear friend .

  4. Marianne OMalley Jun 8, 2022 at 9:58 am

    “ What was once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose.💔

    For all that we love deeply💔
    becomes a part of us.💔
    John, you entered our hearts & became our family💔.
    “Rest in the Sweetest of Peace”

  5. Mike Yates Jun 8, 2022 at 10:40 am

    So long Brother. Hope you enjoyed the cowboy movies.

  6. Marty Hauser Jun 8, 2022 at 10:43 am

    John my Brother and friend., you were one of the good ones, always there to make us laugh and share your time hardships with us. You sure kept us on our toes not knowing what your post would be every morning, that would always have us smiling. Thanks for the time you gave us Brothers and sisters here at FVVO, you will never be forgotten, and God Bless you be in peace and will see you on the other side.

  7. Justine & Mike Jun 8, 2022 at 11:15 am

    John was a great man and will be missed

  8. Wayne Thomas Jun 8, 2022 at 11:36 am

    John may you RIP it was great to know you though your messages each day

  9. Sam Zook Jun 8, 2022 at 11:53 am

    I always looked forward to John’s post on the VVO site every day. His posts were always positive and refreshing. His jokes were so funny.
    God bless Joyce and all of his family.

  10. Bob Keller Jun 8, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    My brother from a different mother is what he told me.the highest complinent ever.going to miss your daily text,your my hero for the dignty you showed in your battle with C. You fought the war twice my brother now rest in eternal peace.✌🙏😪

  11. Laura Intini Jun 8, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    John you will be missed. Thank you for your friendship as dog park neighbors ❤️. Lexi loved your warm welcoming pets.
    Thank you for all you did for our dog park. May you continue to rest in peace 🙏.

  12. The puckett Jun 8, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Rest my brother, faith tells me it’s not the end only the beginning of life eternal.
    Prayers for your love ones, you’ll be a empty spot in the Brotherhood, carry on bro.

  13. Rick Slagle Jun 8, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Please Rest In Peace my Friend, and Brother. How I looked forward each day to his comments and jokes. What a great sense of humor. Although, we never met, face to face, our conversations, some personal, some public were enjoyed by us both. Sharing some of the same problems from Agent Orange, we often discussed ways to persevere. I would like to think I helped him out in some ways, and I know he made my life better. My deepest Condolences to Joyce, and his entire family . Please give his best buddy Reco an extra treat and a friendly Pat on his head. Till they meet at the big dog park in the sky. One Big Final Salute to you My Brother. Please Rest In Peace for ever and always. Much love !

  14. Ralph Fremin Jun 8, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    I have lost a friend, brother. You were one of a kind in the best possible way. R.I.P. my bro,, enjoy your new Paradise free of pain. I miss you man, you were such an inspiration to us all. God bless you and take care of you. I’ll see you soon, we can talk face to face.

  15. Ralph Fremin Jun 8, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    I have lost a dear friend & brother. I so much looked forward to our text, your sense of humor, your caring of everyone, and positive words of encouragement. Your paradise weather reports, Ricco chasing squirrels, our pineapple plants and oh so much we shared. I truly miss you man, Rest In Peace now free of pain in your new Paradise. I’ll meet up with you soon and we will talk.

  16. Spencer Burnette Jun 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    John, you will be missed brother. Prayers for your family

  17. Thomas Wade Jun 8, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Rest in Peace my Brother 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  18. Michael Berkofsky Jun 8, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting John but living in Southwest Florida we would always first talk weather and then whatever his topic of the day was .We all knew he was not in good health but his posted jokes always lightened us on a daily basis.I speak for myself but I’m sure I speak for everyone we will miss him.

  19. Ron Summers Jun 8, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    You will be missed, sir! RIP, my friend.

  20. Chuck Giambra Jun 9, 2022 at 3:47 am

    RIP brother.
    You will be missed, I looked forward to your daily posts. They always brightened my day.

  21. LARRY LINDA Bistricky Jun 9, 2022 at 10:37 am

    JOHN We never got to know you real well because we just recently became your neighbor. However the time we shared was priceless!! Your humor and that SPECIAL SMILE YOU HAD WE WILL NEVER FORGET. The orchard you gave me I Treasure dearly.
    On one of your many Chemo days you pulled into the driveway and one of you and Joyce’s special song. Came on the radio next thing we knew you both were dancing in the driveway !!!!!! You were one SPECIAL GUY JOHN and will be missed so❤️❤️❤️❤️Never forgotten
    Larry and Linda here PS
    Your Medera Pool will always be decorated too the fullest!!!!! Trust Me❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  22. David Sumner Jun 9, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    My condolences go to John’s wife and family.
    John and I are both Vietnam Veterans he as USA veteran and I am an Australian veteran. Both of us would joke about our cancer treatment which helped a lot when turning up to the next session of treatment.
    John is sadly missed and will always be remembered.

  23. Jen Mazur Jun 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

    From( FCS) Jen at the front desk

  24. Marty hauser Jun 10, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Joyce, try this link.

  25. Marty hauser Jun 10, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Joyce this is the last one.

  26. John Riggs (HM2 VN 65) Jun 11, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    John’s graduation exemplifies the statement that the bad ones pass like a whisper while the good ones, like John will be missed until we see him again.

  27. Fred Moore Jun 12, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    RIP, Brother,
    Condolences and Sympathy to All

  28. Ruth Ann Blevins Jun 19, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    An asset to Del Tura and friend to many. Always had a smile and “joke”. Dave and I will treasure the walking sticks you made. Thoughts and prayers to Joyce and family.

  29. Bart -Annmarie Jun 24, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Our condolences to Joyce and family on their loss.

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