Edward L. “Opa” Ruttan, 63, of Pendleton, Oregon, passed away suddenly on Dec. 24, 2017, in Renton, Washington, shortly after his acceptance to the lung transplant list. Ed was born in Pendleton, Oregon, on Oct. 19, 1954, to Ross and June (Catterall) Ruttan.
Ed absolutely loved his hometown of Pendleton, Oregon. After graduating from Pendleton High School in 1972, he joined the Army where he honorably served 20 years handling logistics. He did two tours in Berlin, which was his favorite place that he served.
He married the love of his life, Ellen Rideout (or Els, My Precious), on Nov. 30, 1996. He loved his dogs, Dobermans from years ago, Yahtzee and Xena; and more recently smaller companions, Miss Pixie, Miss Pickles, Missie and Zorro.
Ed leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity. He was an avid jokester and was always making others smile.
Ed “Opa” is survived by his precious wife, Ellen; brother, Bill Ruttan; stepdaughter, Staci and husband Andy Roberts; stepson, Paris White; grandchildren, Leanna Hunt-Shippentower and husband Nacheoa Shippentower, Brittanni Hunt, Justin Roberts, Chelsea and husband Jared Brown, and Tessa Marie White; great-grandchildren, Devon, Jaxxon and Emrys Shippentower, Jocelyn and Brooklyn Smallz, and Lynley Jean Brown.
He was predeceased by his parents and grandson, Daniel White.
Funeral service with military honors will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Inurnment will take place at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon, will take place at a later date.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign our on line condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.