After a long battle with Parkinson’s, Robert “Bob” Lee Rutz was called to be with his Lord and Savior on October 5th, 2020.
He was born March 5th, 1945 to Karl and Emmelene (Arndt) Rutz in Windsor, CO. Raised on a farm, his parents instilled in him a hard work ethic. That work ethic carried with him through all he did in his life. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1963 where he was involved in football and basketball. He went on to attend University of Northern Colorado.
Before graduating college, he met and married the love of his life, Brenda Bernhardt. They married on December 27, 1970. With the support of his wife, Bob graduated in 1971 with a degree in Accounting. After receiving his CPA, he worked as an accountant for 14 years with various companies including, Coors and Boise Cascade. They shared five children Sheri (Jerry) Adamson, Shelly (Kevin) Plowman, Kristi (Chad) Bauer, Chad (Ydalia Galindo) Rutz, Troy (Emily) Rutz.
Bob made the switch from Accounting to Health Care, graduating in 1985 from Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, IA). While at Palmer, he was selected to be in the Who’s Who Book of Chiropractic. After graduation Bob, Brenda, and family returned to Boise, opening Meridian Chiropractic, where he treated his patients for twenty-seven years, retiring in 2012.
Over the years Bob coached Chad & Troy’s baseball, basketball and football teams, was active in Lions Club, served on the Kuna School board and held several positions at his Church where one of his roles was serving as an Awana Leader for 17 years. Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter, and golfer and in his younger years he loved to play baseball, softball, and basketball.
Bob is survived by his five children, Sheri (Jerry) Adamson, Shelly (Kevin) Plowman, Kristi (Chad) Bauer, Chad (Ydalia) Rutz and Troy (Emily) Rutz; sister Sandy (Jeff) Gould; sisters-in-law Jeanette Rutz and Pat Willson, along with nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jim Rutz, and brother-in-law, Warrick Willson.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Ten Mile Community Church, 4440 E. Columbia Road, Meridian, ID 83642
To watch Bob’s service live please visit Ten Mile Community Church YouTube Channel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following:
200 SE 1st Street
Miami, FL 33131
Rutz Awana Memorial
Online at: tmcc.churchcenter.com
BowmanInfo saysOctober 14, 2020 at 11:33 am
Karen and Gary Scheck
Brenda and family. Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We will always remember our lunch date we had at Perkins in Longmont a few years ago with our Aunts and Uncles. Bob was so kind and such a nice person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Scott MEISSNER, DC saysOctober 14, 2020 at 2:23 pm
Dear Brenda & family: My heart felt condolences go out to you in the loss of Bob. We knew each other before he went to chiropractic school. We did not speak often when he started his practice but I knew him as a man of integrity and honesty. He did not speak unkindly of others in our profession for the betterment of himself. He worked to make our profession stronger. It was an honor to know Bob.
May his golf balls fly true and far.
Sincerely, Scott R MEISSNER, DC