The Duncan Banner
John Ruthstrom, 65, living and working in Cheyenne, Wyo., died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at First Baptist Church in Marlow. Dr. Joe Ligon, senior pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home.
John was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Huntsville, Texas, to Woodrow G. and Marie T. Jared Ruthstrom. His family moved to Houston where he attended elementary, junior, and senior high school in Spring Branch.
John was a running back for the Spring Branch Bears and received a five year football scholarship to Texas Christian University. As a TCU Horned Frog, he played center, #57. John’s TCU years were 1966-1971.
While at TCU, he met his future wife, Christy Schmidt. They both graduated in 1971 with B.S. degrees in elementary education. One week after graduation on May 22, 1971, they married. They recently shared their 42nd wedding anniversary.
John and Christy both taught elementary school in Houston. John was also an assistant principal and football coach while in Spring Branch Houston. They both taught and went to night and summer school at Sam Houston State University, both receiving a Master’s Degree in 1975.
John went to work for Halliburton as a cementer. As a Halliburton family, John, Christy, and son, Jason spent many years in overseas assignments in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Australia. John later commuted to Angola and Algeria. Through their travels, they experienced many unique adventures.
“Big John” Ruthstrom, big in life and big in heart; John was known as “Big John” on the football field and in the oilfield. John never contemplated retirement. He was employed as an oilfield business development manager.
John loved people and he never met a stranger. He was a very giving person and used his outgoing personality to share his extensive knowledge, experiences, and stories with others. He developed others’ abilities and skills and also provided the “pat-on-the back” which kept John energized.
John leaves behind many loving family members and friends.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, his soulmate Christy, their son Jason and daughter-in-law Heather, their precious granddaughters Ashleigh and Heidi Ruthstrom, all of Duncan. He is also survived by his mother, Marie, brothers Gunnar and wife Lois Ruthstrom, Mark and his wife Kathy Ruthstrom, all of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law Sharon Schmidt of Placerville, Calif., nephew Brent Schmidt and family of Cameron Park, Calif., and nephew Justin Ruthstrom and family of Texas, numerous cousins, and many friends.
John was preceded in death by his “Pop” Woody Ruthstrom in December of 2007.
John will always be remembered by his family as a warm, outgoing, generous friend, husband, father, brother and son.
He will be remembered for his undying love and devotion to his wife. John loved the Lord, as evidenced in his life and his treatment of others. John is playing on God’s team now, waiting for us all to join him again.