Ervin Rutt, 78, retired farmer,45-year auto auction worker

By on May 11, 2011

Ervin Burkholder Rutt, 78, of Manheim, entered into rest at Lancaster General Hospital Saturday, April 2, 2011 after a massive stroke.

He was born in East Cocalico Township, a son of the late John N. and Lydia Burkholder Rutt. He was the husband of Mary Elizabeth (Hursh) Rutt, to whom he shared 55 years of marriage this past March 3.

Ervin was a member of Lime Rock Mennonite Church in Lititz, Weaverland Conference. He was a retired hog and steer farmer and worked for Manheim Auto Auction for the past 45 years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Surviving in addition to his wife are five sons: Delmar, husband of Nancy Martin Rutt, of Savannah, N.Y.; Jay Ervin, husband of Marian Martin Rutt, of Womelsdorf; Lynford, husband of Erma High Rutt, of Newmanstown; Joel, husband of Irene Fox Rutt, of Manheim; and Arlin, husband of Jody Martin Rutt, of Grenada, West Indies; three daughters: Vanita, wife of Michael Martin, of Bernville; LuAnne, wife of Harold Fox, of Newmanstown; and Rhoda, wife of Mark Wenger, of Mifflinburg; a daughter-in-law: Mary Ann Rutt, of Bernville; 55 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; brothers: Elam Rutt, of Ephrata; and Earl Rutt, of New Holland; sisters: Anna, wife of Irwin Zimmerman, of Fleetwood; Alverta, wife of John Burkholder, of East Earl; Leah, wife of Clair Zimmerman, of Ephrata; Luella, wife of Glenn Zimmerman, of Lebanon; Frances, wife of Phares Musser, of Newmanstown; and Marlene, wife of Marlin Martin, of Newmanstown.

He was preceded in death by a son: Nevin; and a grandson.

A viewing will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. April 6 at the Midway Reception Center in Lititz. Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. April 7 at Midway Reception Center, with further services at 9:30 a.m. at the Lime Rock Mennonite Church with Bishop Lester B. Martin and ministers Henry Horning, Raymond Hoover, Ray Martin and Noah Lamar Hurst officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

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