Cory Alan Rutschman, 19, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 7.
Born August 8, 1994 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan., Cory was the oldest of two sons of Alan and Beverly Rutschman. He graduated from Moundridge High School in 2012 and attended classes at Hutchinson Community College. He had just started work as a metal mechanic at Spirit AeroSystems and was excited to have an up close and personal view of the airplanes as they moved through the production process.
A country boy from birth, Cory loved working the land, especially if it meant operating one of the latest new-fangled pieces of farming equipment. He was blessed to have had the opportunity to work for several local farmers during his brief time on earth, and was looking forward to someday having his own plot of land to tend. His love for all things mechanical had him spending many a night in the shop, breaking down a truck, car, tractor, or anything else with a motor, often all at once. Sometimes all the parts went back together, and sometimes there were a few left over for another project!
In addition to tearing up the dirt bike trails with his brother, Cory also liked spending time at home with his family and friends, doing puzzles, playing games or helping his grandparents with projects. We will miss his quick smile, sense of humor and the love he had for everyone close to him.
Cory is survived by his brother Kyle, maternal grandparents Elvin and Betty Melcher of Newton, paternal grandmother Evlyn Rutschman and cousins Kaitlyn and Christopher Rutschman, all of Hesston, paternal grandfather Wayne Rutschman of Moundridge, aunts Kimberly Melcher of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Valancy Harlow of Soco, Maine, girlfriend McKenzie Senn, the Senn and Pfautz familes of Newton and the McKinney family of Zimmerdale, as while as a number of great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. Cory was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Beverly, and an uncle, Scott Rutschman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 at Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, Kan. The family will also greet visitors from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral service, which will take place on Wednesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at Kingdom Life Ministries, 505 S. Ridge Road, Hesston, Kan. The burial will follow at Garden Community Church, 6520 N. Halstead Road, Hesston, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Harvey County Suicide Prevention Coalition, c/o Hillcrest Community Church, 431 West 12th, P.O. Box 706, Newton, Kan., 67114.