age 68, passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2021 with his devoted wife, Marilyn, by his side. He is now in heaven's glory after a brave, private journey with a rare neurological disease.
Alan was born in Jackson, MI to Harold and Ione (Sylvester) Rutledge. During his years at Huron High, he developed a real passion for music beginning with a performance in Carousel. After graduation in 1970, he pursued his dreams playing with multiple bands throughout his lifetime including: Orange Fred, Masquerade, Give Away and Rearview Mirror. A gifted musician and song-writer, Alan played bass guitar, flute and lead singer alongside fellow musicians and dear friends Phil Spradlin, Jim King and Mike Burke.
He attended Eastern Michigan University where he received a Bachelor of Science followed by a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. He was employed as a cardiac rehab coordinator and specialist as well as an adjunct professor at Baker, Mott and Oakland Community College. While working at Genesys Hospital, Alan met the love of his life and best friend, Marilyn (Hawk / Kiefer). They married in 2003. Together they shared many interests including music, the medical field and travel. Their love of travel took them on many adventures in northern Michigan, Arizona, Massachusetts, Japan, Europe, and the Carribean.
Alan was a man of many passions including carpentry, boating on Torch Lake and later on in life, recording music in his studio. In his spare time, he loved exercising, reading and singing. Alan's lifelong love of the Beatles led to his extraordinary lead performance of "Lady Madonna" with a Japanese Beatles cover band at The Cavern Club in Tokyo, Japan on his 53rd birthday.
Just as he dealt with all experiences in life, Alan managed his illness with strength and grace. He truly was a living example of the "gentle soul," who never judged, belittled or looked down on others. Alan was a very kind and caring gentleman who showed compassion and care to all, but especially for his wife. He had a beautiful heart, full of love and energy, and was always sweet and fun. In more recent years, he cherished extended stays with family in Boston; Visiting the beach, trying new foods (Indian), exploring the Arts (Hamilton) and attending grandkids' events.
Alan will be lovingly remembered by his soulmate, Marilyn; children, Aaron (Harmony), Amanda, Deborah (Jeff), Jacqueline; mother Ione; sister Gloria Loring; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends; rescue pet Snickers.
Alan was predeceased by his father Harold; aunt Marilyn Wakeman; good friend George Kitchen; pet dachshund Sadie.
The family would like to thank Dr. S. Kiran and Kindred Hospice, close friends, family and neighbors who were very caring and supportive throughout his journey. We would also like to acknowledge his "cougar" friends from Sacred Heart that made him feel like one of them.
Visitation will be held on May 24 at St. John 404 N. Dayton St. Davison at 11am followed by a memorial service at Noon.
Contributions in his memory may be made to either Genesee County Humane Society or to St. John Catholic Church in Davison.