George Harold Rutgers Jr., 61

George Harold Rutgers Jr., 61, passed away on Jan. 30, 2016. He was born in Kalamazoo on May 4, 1954.
George attended Grand Rapids Baptist College and after finishing seminary school George was a pastor for First Baptist Church in Eaton Rapids, beginning in 1979 until 1997.  
George is survived by his sister Virginia Rutgers; his four children, Rachael Rutgers, Aaron (Elly) Rutgers, David (Jamie) Rutgers and Hannah (Caleb) Grogan; their mother Robin Bartlett; his seven grandchildren; former wife and stepsons, Michelle Waters, Brandon and Justin Lemke; his extended family of the late Louis Keith, Paul and Cindy Hammond; also, his dear cousins Jon and Jan Keith and Fred and Sue Bosma who were instrumental in his care the last several years.
George was preceded in death by his parents George Rutgers and Tyna Keith.  
George was an avid outdoorsman in his younger years and instilled a love for the outdoors in his sons. His love of reading and knowledge continues to flourish in his children.
George loved his dogs, enjoyed keeping a garden and passing the time watching baseball. He was exceptionally proud of his children and grandchildren and found their conversations made him happiest.  
A memorial service will be at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids on Feb. 20, at
11 a.m. with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mel Trotter Ministries of Grand Rapids in George's name.
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