February 13, 1940 ~ February 12, 2021

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Robert (Sonny) Rutland was born February 13, 1940 in Indianapolis, IN to Frank Wills and Carrie Rutland. He departed this life on Friday, February 12, 2021 at home surrounded by family.

Sonny attended Indianapolis public schools and worked at Ford Motor company retiring after 30 years. After retiring Sonny begin doing the things he enjoyed like golfing and traveling with friends and family.

Sonny was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 2004 but he continued to enjoy life and his family for 17 years before succumbing to his disease.

Sonny leaves to cherish and celebrate his memory his stepmother Alice Wills, three sisters, Ruth O’Banion, Carmen (Karl) Glass, and Sherry Boyd. Four sons, Jeffery (Anita) Thomas, Robert Rutland, Richard (Audrey) Rutland and Jamal (April) Hughes. Four Daughters, Barbara (Glenn) Boicourt, Elaine (Robert) James, Robbin Rutland, and Rhonda (Ola) Rutland and his faithful companion of 26 years Nina Bobbitt.

He also leaves behind 35 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, 7 great-great children, and a host of nieces, nephews, and many dear family and friends.


Visitation: February 27, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Funeral Service: February 27, 2021 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. It was a great pleasure knowing you Sonny Rut rut. Enjoying your presence the laughter being welcomed by you my thoughts and my heart will always think about you. I can say that I have someone great watching over me love always

  2. It was a pleasure knowing you Sonny Rut Rut. I enjoyed the laughter and the kindness that you so welcome in me. And it’s always a great thought knowing that I have someone as great as you watching over love always

  3. It was a great pleasure knowing you Sonny Rut Rut. I enjoyed your laughter and enjoyed your presents and I and I appreciate you welcoming me love always

  4. To my Rutland family,
    Our condolences for the loss of Sonny, I have fond memories of hanging out with you guys when we were younger. Let not your heart be troubled and May the peace of Christ be with all of you. You guys are in my prayers. We love you all! God be with you until we meet again!

  5. To the Rutland family,

    I will not leave you comfortless:

    I will come to you. At a time words are hard to find, may you find comfort in God’s unchanging word and in his steadfast love.
    The Bradshaw family

  6. To the Rutland Family (Our family)

    Weeping endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. We your cousins and aunt offer our sincere condolences as we learned of Sonny’s passing.

    Know that we are here to lift you up in prayer. May he rest in peace! We love you.

    Aunt June, Chris and Jada

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