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GREENVILLE, James Earl Rutman, 73, died December 11, 2007 at C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville, following a long illness. Jim was born July 15, 1934 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and lived there until joining the Air Force in 1951. He served in Korea as a Medic for 2 years and returned to the United States to serve his country until 1955. During his years of service to the United States Jim received the Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, 3 Bronze Stars to KSM, United Nations Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Jim married and moved back to Massachusetts. Where he raised a family and began working for Northeast Airlines. Jim had a love of airplanes his entire life, was a private pilot in his spare time, and built model airplanes from an early age. He enjoyed horseback riding and always had a barn full of animals for his family’s enjoyment. He retired from the airline industry in 1999 and resided in Greenville and Hobe Sound, Florida. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling between Maine and Florida each year, and often spoke of his wonderful friends that visited him in both locations.

Jim leaves behind many good friends and family who are grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing him. He leaves 2 daughters, Susan Santeusanio of North Conway, New Hampshire, and Julie Catton of Glen, New Hampshire. His beloved grandchildren, Scott Catton of Stamden, CT, Lyndsay Santeusanio of Portland, and Thomas Santeusanio of Newmarket, New Hampshire grieve for their grandfather’s passing. He was also blessed to have 1 great grandchild, Kyree Catton of Stamden, Connecticut.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who cared for our father in his final days. Duane Lander of Greenville, and the caring nurses and doctors at the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital, who made our father’s passing honorable and meaningful.

A memorial service will be held at the American Legion, Cecil R. Post 94, at a later date that will be announced. Jim will be taken to the Eternal Light Mausoleum in Salem, New Hampshire, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved mother and father. The family requests, as per his wishes, that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Greenville.

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