John D. Ruttan, 70

John D. Ruttan
John D. Ruttan

OSWEGO, NY – John D. Ruttan, 70, a resident of the town of Oswego, passed away Saturday March 21, 2015, at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse.

Born in Oswego, he was the son of the late George and Lulu (Noerr) Ruttan.

He worked as an industrial mechanic for Alcan retiring after 30 years.

Post retirement, John pursued his love of woodworking by making beautiful one of a kind pieces that he sold around New York State at craft shows.

Most recently he worked and sold his art at Lakeside Artisans in downtown Oswego.

John was often called MacGyver by his family because he could fix anything and would help anyone that needed it.

John will be missed greatly and may he be forever eating popcorn, drinking Pepsi and making art.

John adored his wife, Noreen, and was married for 48 years.

Noreen and John were married on January 28, 1967 in an Oswego style snowstorm.

Surviving are his wife, Noreen (Callaghan) Ruttan; a daughter, Julie Ruttan of Albany; two sons, Bryan Ruttan and Stephen Ruttan and fiancé, Jennifer DeLong, all of Oswego; two sisters, Carol (Alan) Todd and Beverly Goewey, both of Oswego; a brother, William Ruttan Sr. of Oswego; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Ruttan.

Calling hours will be held 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, with a service to follow, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foundation for Upstate Medical University, 750 E. Adams St., CAB326, Syracuse, NY 13210.


  1. Noreen, my heart goes out to you and your family. Hang onto all the wonderful memories, as they will help you get through this hard time. May John rest in peace.

  2. Noreen and family, we were so sorry to read about John. We are out is state so not able to come to calling hrs.;we want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We always looked forward to seeing you guys–we go back along way. John sure was a great guy! It’s wonderful that you had so many years with the love of your life.
    Kayln and Ronnie Sharp

  3. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Noreen and his family. Carol and Jerry Tetro!

  4. Noreen,

    I am truly saddened by your loss. John was a great man, co-worker and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Jim Crisafulli

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