Steven Rutkowski of Louisville, Ohio passed away July 23, 2020 at the age of 61. He was a friend to everyone he met and an all-around good guy. Steve enjoyed life and was quiet in his participation in life. He was not one for flash and was a simple man that lead a life that was free of conflict. At work, Steve always took the correct way. He is going to be missed by everyone who’s life he touched.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Violet and Joseph Rutkowski and sister, Eileen Rutkowski.
He is survived by his brothers, Lynn and Michael; and sisters, Barbara Reiter, Pat O’Borny, MaryAnn Burley, Carolyn Creamer and Maureen Styczen.
Steve’s family will receive friends Tuesday, August 4th from 5-7pm at the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville. We ask that those attending the memorial please wear a proper protective mask and practice safe distancing requirements while at the funeral home. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.paqueletfalk.com
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I am sorry for the family and friends of Ski he will be missed by many . He was such a great guy.
Steve was a great neighbor & friend. He was always there to lend a helping hand. He will be missed.
Praying for Steve’s family, and his friend Brittney. He was a great guy, a real patriot with a big heart.
My heart is broken. We were best friends.
Every day during the week, we would talk, text or face-time each other.
On the weekends, we would be out together doing things. He was kind and patient with me always.
It still hasn’t hit me that he’s really gone from my life. I keep waiting for “Ski” to pop up on my phone whenever it rings or dings. All I can do now is look at pictures, hold on to little things of his and think about the good times we had together.
We considered Steve to be part of our family and shared many experiences together such as vacations, dinners, holiday events or just sitting around our fire pit listening to music. Steve was a special person –polite, patient, unselfish, honest and honorable- something rare in human beings today. What struck us most was his ability to appreciate things that most of us take for granted- a sunrise over the ocean, a rainbow after a storm, a bird building a nest, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, the first snowfall of the season, a duck wading on a lake. He saw what was good in the world and looked at the bright side rather than complaining about the negative. It’s hard to lose someone like that.
I will always be thankful for the Christmas my brother Steven and Brittany spent with me after my husband passed. We had a great time touring mansions in Newport, doing self guided walking tours of Bristol and Warren here in Rhode Island. We enjoyed clam chowda and it didn’t matter how cold it was, as long as the sun was shining. Missing you but will cherish our memories forever.
I was remembering Steve at our ‘campfires’. He would bring his chair and share stories until there was no fire left. His love of critters was amazing. We laughed a lot with him. He loved nature and sometimes slept under the stars. His honesty was unmatched, he was the Real Deal. Gone, but not forgotten.
Steve and I shared many adventures and memories together thru the years. He was a very special person, like a brother to me. I loved him dearly. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and Brittany.
We have such fond memories of Steve at all of our family Holidays, he was a special part of our family. Always kind and concerned about how all of us were doing, and never seen without Brittany being at his side. He was such a genuine gentle soul and never an unkind word was said. Our family is going to miss him very much and our hearts, and prayers go our to Cary, Carolyn, and Brittany. We are so thankful that he was brought into our lives by them, and it will not seem the same this year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Rest in peace Steve, we have lost such a dear and special man. Charlie, Laurie, Scott, Pat and Michael
My deepest sympathies go out to Steve’s family and to Brittany. I knew Steve through Team RWB. I got to know him and Brittany during running, yoga, and volunteer events. He was a wonderful teammate and a gentle soul. Rest in peace Eagle, you will be missed.
I will always remember the fun times we had as kids growing up. Steve and Brittney came and visited ya when we were at Cedar Point and they came to visit us here in Illinois. My daughter took them both to downtown Chicago. Must things I’ll miss are the FaceTime calls and I miss seeing him chime in on the family texts. I truly am great of all the people that knew Steve and all that him caked is friends. Steve was always kind and patient and loved ❤️ life. I’ll miss my brother dearly and hope he is at peace. Heaven has gained another great angel from our family until we meet again Steve I miss ya and love ❤️ you.
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Will miss Steve and his big heart.