Stephen Rutkowski

Obituary of Stephen R Rutkowski

MORENCI - Stephen (Steve) Raymond Rutkowski, age 59, of Morenci, MI, passed away surrounded by family December 5, 2021 following a long battle with brain cancer. 

He was born December 29, 1961 in Detroit, MI to Raymond & Joanne Rutkowski (Reynolds), graduated from Farmington Highschool in 1980.

Steve married Christine Rutkowski (Rondeau) January 15, 1983. They met while both working at K-Mart. He often referred to her as his "Blue Light Special."

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1982 as a Seaman, serving for 30 years, climbing the ranks to retire as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Steve continued this course working for various companies that did contract work for the United States Navy, including American Systems, ATRC Dahlgren, and his final position as a Systems Engineer at Valkyrie. Steve was a man of adventure in his personal life, as well. From cookouts and golfing with his friends, sunny days spent poolside with his children, to spontaneous day trips with his wife, Steve always kept those he loved entertained. Some of his fondest memories were roaming the backroads of Northern Michigan in his truck.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Christine Marie Rutkowski (Rondeau); his children Daniel Stephen Rutkowski (Maggie Rutkowski); Nathan James Rutkowski (Audrey Rutkowski); and Rachael Jeannette Rutkowski (Amanda Glassford); his granddaughter Genevieve Rose Rutkowski; his siblings Jennifer (Bob) Wilk, Mary Grace (David) Robbins, Rae Anne (Tom) Rutten, Joe Rutkowski, Aggie (Marianne) Wood, and outlaws Jeff (Joey) Rondeau, Cindy (Dwayne) Ridenour, and many many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per Stephen's wishes, a celebration of life be held at the Morenci American Legion on Saturday, December 18, 2021, beginning at 2:00 P.M.  Online condolences to the family may be offered at  Monetary contributions in Steve's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  


Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Morenci American Legion
9010 Morenci Road
Morenci, Michigan, United States