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Ray Rutland Jr.

Jul 18th, 1946 - Dec 1st, 2022

A private memorial ceremony with interment in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery will take place at a later date.


        Raymond Leonard Rutland Jr., age 76, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday evening, December 1, 2022, at his home.

        He was born July 18, 1946, in Flora, the son of Raymond and Evelyn (Roy) Rutland Sr.  He was united in marriage to Dorris Murbarger on February 14, 1992, in Flora, and together they have shared 30 wedding anniversaries.

     Ray was a 1964 graduate of Flora Township High School.  He was a well-known and highly skilled mechanic in Clay County for over 50 years.  He loved his animals.  Ray liked antiquing and flea markets and was always collecting a little bit of everything.  He enjoyed drag strip and stock car racing, attending tractor and car shows, horseback riding, and always looked forward to attending Horse Camp with Dorris.  He was constantly looking for 6 good numbers for the lottery.  Ray will be remembered for being brutally honest but soft at heart.  He was always willing to donate to others and help someone that was down on their luck.

        He is survived by his wife: Dorris Rutland of Flora; 3 children: Mark (Robin) Rutland of Iuka, Christy (Eric) Robinson of Flora, and Chris (Dawn) Murbarger of Flora; 8 grandchildren: Reece (Myriam) Rutland of Benton, Cory Rutland of Long Mount, Colorado, Lenzi and Aidan Robinson of Flora, and Ava, Ethan, Kinsley, and Connor Murbarger, all of Flora; a sister: Peggy Jaco of Troy; several nieces and nephews; his beloved dog: Abby, his mule: Little John; and his cat: Angel.

        He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife: Jewell Rutland; a brother: Bob Rutland; and a sister: Virginia Smith.

        A private memorial ceremony with interment in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Donna Kincaid Phillips

December 2nd

So very sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. Ray was our neighbor for years. A very kind gentleman. He was so kind to our mom and dad. May God comfort the family at this time.

Edd and Karen Williams

December 3rd

Ray was a wonderful man. He will be missed by many.

Woods Meryl

December 3rd

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers to the family and friend's. Ray was a great guy.

Dave welty

December 3rd

Sorry to hear of. Jr passing! Prayers to Dorris and family. Jr was a good friend to ever one—-and a honest mechanic!, Rip my friend!!!

Walterene. And family

December 3rd

God has a specialan with him.. so very sorry for ur loss..

Darrell Eckelberry

December 3rd

sending love and prayers to your family from our family, He will certainly be missed, may God bless you and yours.

DJ Baker

December 3rd

Another man gone way too soon. Ray was an amazing individual and an even better mechanic.

Dennis & Paula Frutiger

December 3rd

Very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful Friend who we loved dearly ❤️

Walter J. Chaney

December 3rd

So sorry to hear this! Prayers for his family!

Dan & Dodie Payne

December 3rd

So very sorry for your loss JR was a great guy. Thoughts & prayers for you & your family.

Shelby and Jennifer Davis

December 3rd

He will be fixing cars in heaven...God has gained a wonderful angel!!

Leeann Washburn Phillips

December 3rd

Mark my sincerest condolences ro you and your family ..many thoughts and prayers to you all

Scott Sullens

December 3rd

Doris and Family My Thoughts and Prayers go out to you guys. Ray was an outgoing person who would do anything in the world for anyone. He will sadly be missed!!!

Carl & Tina Persinger

December 3rd

So Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing! He was well known and will be Missed by Many. Prayers for the Family!!!

Doug and Nancy Mills

December 3rd

Prayers to the family. Ray was so very nice and such a loss to our community

Jay and Karen Sessions

December 3rd

Dorris and family so sorry to hear about Ray you are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏

Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

December 3rd

I am so so sorry for your loss. He will be so missed by everyone I'm this community. Prayers for family. ❤️🙏🏻

Hayle Gray

December 3rd

I'm so very sorry for your loss and praying for the whole family in this difficult time.

Tammy(Akes) and Marvin Haywood

December 3rd

Mark, Dorris, and family, I am deeply heartbroken to hear the news if Ray passing. Omg, there just aren't enough words to describe him. I've been thinking of him alot the past few weeks.. We are so very sorry for your loss.... praying u find peace knowing he is finally free and watching over everyone he loves.

Wendy Greenwood

December 3rd

I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Ray. I am praying for you all Christy and Mark and families and also Aunt Doris & Chris and family.

Brad & Debbie Halterman

December 3rd

Thoughts and prayers to family. Such a good and thoughtful person.

Judy Holroyd

December 3rd

So sorry Doris

Sonny & Pat Tucker

December 3rd

So sorry to hear this..What a great guy and a great mechanic..He will be missed by many..Our thoughts & prayers for his family.

Jeff and Wendy Kohn

December 3rd

So sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Mike & Kayla

December 3rd

So sorry to hear about Rays passing. Prayers to Family. Another great old Friend from Class of 64.

Marsha white

December 3rd

I am so sorry for your loss..ray worked on my cars for me prayers go to the family ..he will be missed ...

Connie & Mike Spitzner

December 3rd

Condolences to you & yours Dorris❣️🙏

Doug and Jen Henson

December 3rd

We are so very sorry for your loss. You’re all in our prayers. Love you so much!

Lori Dennis Antrim

December 3rd

So very sorry of Ray's passing. He was our neighbor for several years. I believe he could fix any car issue out there. Just an all around good person. Prayers to Mark and Christy and all his family. God Bless!

Phyllis Kaufmann

December 3rd

Ray was a great man. I am so sorry to the family their loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all!

Jorge Gonalez and family

December 3rd

so sorry for your loss , our deepest Sympathy !

Herb & Teresa Williams

December 3rd

Ray was a good man. Sorry for your loss. Pray s for the family

Israel & Leonor Soto

December 3rd

From the Soto's,we extend our condolences to the Rutland family.Mr.Rutland,always will be in our hearts,he was a very charming,and kind.

Sherry Phillips

December 3rd

Ray was such a nice and honest man. Helped me out several times. Great mechanic and a hard worker. He will be missed by many.

Carolyn, Justin & Samuel LakeWe

December 3rd

We will miss you. You were a great brother-in-law. To Dorris, Mark, Christy and Chris: We are so sorry and send you love and prayers.

Debbie King Casell

December 3rd

Dorris and Chris, my condolences to you and all the family at Ray's passing. When Cas got too old and too tired to work on his own vehicles, Ray was the only person he trusted to be honest and fair and to do the job right. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Comforting hugs to you my friend.

Donald Fry / Sheery Evilsizer

December 3rd

Ray we know you give you all in every thing you did in life .and help others and people would use you and think it was ok . but we know who the winners are in the long run. you have them 6 good numbers you been looking for so long. you will be missed

Pat and Steve Henry

December 3rd

To all the family we send our condolences. He was the greatest

Paul Gibson

December 3rd

I am very sorry to hear about Ray's passing. Prayers for the family.

Ron Young

December 3rd

Ray was a good friend to so many of us. He will be missed.

David Dunnigan & Family

December 3rd

Always sit by or around him on the Bus, Rest in Peace Ray Prayers for the Family

Phil and Cathy Stout

December 3rd

So sorry, Dorrey, for your loss. He was such a sweet man. Thoughts are with you and your family.

dale and janet hanks

December 3rd

the rutland family has our sympathy

Daphne Urbanski

December 3rd

So sorry for your loss Ray was an awesome man my thoughts and prayers are with all the family 🙏

Audrey Mccarthy

December 4th

Doris and Mark I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Ray was a good person and helped so many of us even when he was already swamped with other jobs. Will miss him .

Rebecca Hildebrand

December 3rd

Jim Jones

December 3rd

I will miss Ray, Friends forever. I will think of him often.

Ron spegle

December 3rd

You will be missed

Frank & Norma Hargis

December 3rd

Mona (Carpenter) Zuck

December 3rd

Sorry to hear he worked on my auto many times. Prayers for the family he will be missed.

Jennie Yingst Lexie Enlow

December 4th

Ray was sweet man. My deepest sympathy for Doris and his family. I'm sorry for you and your family loss.

Mark and Karen Jones

December 4th

Thoughts and prayers for the Rutland family Ray will be missed

Mike and Linda Welty

December 4th

We are so sorry for your loss. Mike started working for Greenwood Motors in 1969. He worked with Ray in the back room at nights helping Ray recondition jeeps. Mike finally worked up to doing body work and painting a 1957 Chevy hardtop with lots of mentoring from Ray. Ray rebuilt the engine in that car and Mike and Reggie drove that car for several years. Ever since then Ray was a true friend. It is ironic that all the employees at Greenwood Motors went on to open their own shops. He will be truly missed,

Bill and Linda Waller

December 4th

We are so saddened by Rays passing..he will be missed by so many..prayers for you Doris and you family at this difficult time

Tawanna White

December 4th

I'm so sorry for your loss,Dorris...JR was such a Great thoughts and prayers 🙏 are with you and your family (HUGS)

Richard Staley

December 4th

Mark and family, Ray will be missed by all. May God be with you at this time and give you strength and comfort. Sorry to hear of your loss.

David Stanley

December 4th

There is not now and never was a more friendly and helpful person on the planet,in my opinion. "Not to mention patient and hard working." Nothing got done unless it was done right. No matter what it took to get there.

Karen & Gene

December 4th

Ray was a good and caring man. Would do anything for you. Prayers to the family.

Brenda Krutsinger-Milone

December 4th

Family will not recognize my name. Just someone who remembers how pleasant Ray was and always grateful that he could fix my van when it wasn’t doing right. A couple little fixes he didn’t even charge me. May the Lord bless his family with peace. The world needs more men like Ray.

Judy Ashley

December 5th

So sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers.

Edna Sebring

December 5th

Christy, I am so sorry for you and all your family. Ray was. a good man, and you can be proud of him.


December 5th

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family

Larry Joliff

December 5th

Great man to know he will be missed by many

Leon & Glenda Sharp

December 5th

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Tim Stine & family

December 5th

Ray was Such a Great guy who was always there to help me out & cheer me up during the process , he was a great friend to many of us and my thoughts & prayers go out to the family & Many friends during this time.

Cory Rutland

December 5th

Grandpa was a special person who helped shape me into who I am today. The type of man who is a pillar of the community just by being who he is. He was always kind and willing to help others. Taught me some good dirty jokes and will always have great memories of the shop and going horseback riding. I've got so many of his sayings that I can't help but use to this day. Just a great man who the world will miss. I'm proud to have had him as my grandfather. Love you grandma and grandpa.

Karen Vest

December 6th

My sincerest condolences for your loss of a great husband, Father, Grandfather, and friend. He was always loved and appreciated by all. May God care for you all and comfort you during this time of grief. 🙏🙏

Linda and John Pierson

December 7th

We are so very sorry to read of Ray’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are for you, family and friends during this most difficult time. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories, doing so much together……which is a blessing, as sadly many married couples do not….

Steve and Betty Stanford

December 6th

Sincere condolences Dorris and all the families and friends 🙏

Mendy Bell

December 6th

Thinking of you, so sorry for your loss.

Arlene Osborn

December 6th

He was such a good man. He was a excellent mechanic always willing to help you. He will be missed. Prayers for his family.

Bill & Denise Fitch

December 6th

RIP Uncle Ray, I was so thankful to get to spend a couple of summers working for you in the garage. Such a great man, teacher, and friend to our family! He worked so hard and was so giving and generous. Prayers and condolences to the entire family, Denise and I’s hearts and thoughts are with you all 🥺🙏🏻❤️

December 7th

My thoughts and prayers are with you

Trina Perry

December 8th

Christy Mark and family I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was the funniest guy and always told some great stories. I will always remember Ray as he held a special place in my heart. He was always so kind sweet natured and intelligent. So sorry Dorris my prayers and thought are with you all. He will forever hold a special place in my heart I know Mike had such high respect for him. Fly high Ray RIP my dear friend. Again, I pray for peace and comfort to the hearts of all family and friends.

Rhonda Donoho

December 9th

Robin and Mark Thoughts and prayers to the entire Rutland family.

Candi (Williams) McVay

December 12th

So sorry for your loss. He was well known and loved by many. Love and prayers to the family



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