In loving memory of

James Henry Rutz
September 12, 1960 - September 18, 2021

Rutz, Mr.
James Henry

On Saturday, September 18, 2021, James (Jim) Henry Rutz, loving husband, father, brother, mentor, and friend to all, passed away at the age of 61. He was born in Muskegon, MI on September 12, 1960, to Stanley James & Altha Fern (Pritchard) Rutz and lived most of his life in his hometown. He was proud to have been a "Big Red" and graduate of Muskegon High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan before heading to the University of Texas to pursue his Master's degree. He was able to explore, travel, live and form lasting relationships in other states before returning to Muskegon where he met and married the former Renee Kenney on October 12, 1996. Together they have two children, Danica James, and Dane Thomas. Jim found meaning and fulfillment in his family, personal relationships, and the beauty of nature. He was an avid reader, a wordsmith, and a writer in his spare time. He took much joy in volunteering for his children's school events and coaching both soccer and football. Through coaching, he donned both Mona Shores and Muskegon Catholic Central hats and was truly proud to do so. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

Wife; Renee Marie Rutz, Children; Danica James & Dane Thomas; Sisters; Nancy Hart, Patty Bills; Nephews; Robert (Crispin) Hart, Robert Wiley Bills, and Collin Moore, Niece; Jessica (Lindsey) Dymond, Father-in-law; James Keith Kenney, Mother-in-law, Susan Marie (Mike) Meloche; Brother-in law (friend), James Keith Kenney II, and too many to mention by name, Dearest friends, family, and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley James & Altha Fern Rutz; brother, Tom J. Rutz, and Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and Friends.

A Celebration of Jim's Life will take place on October, 9, 2021, from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Polish Falcon Club, 1014 W. Hackley Ave. Muskegon, MI 49441.
Please visit to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.
Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon


Catherine Swiatek wrote on Oct 9, 2021:

"Renee and family, I?m so very saddened to hear about Jim?s passing. Such a special, caring person that I was glad to know. He?s with Pete now, ...probably getting into all kinds of trouble. I am wishing you and the family so much love, peace and comfort in the coming days. And, for Jim, peace and joy in his next adventure. "

Patty Gaiser wrote on Oct 9, 2021:

"Renee, my deepest sympathy for you, Danica and Dane and the rest of your family. Our thoughts and prayers and love are with you. Sincerely, Patty Gaiser and family"

Eric Bombery wrote on Oct 1, 2021:

"Sending love from the Bombery household. We?re so sorry and just so thankful for the time you both spent with us at the club. Hugs from the whole crew."

Sharon Rindfusz wrote on Sep 29, 2021:

"Renee, family, and friends, I am so sad to hear about J.R.?s passing. Shocked actually. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. I have so many fond and fun memories of you all over the years. Sending my love and hugs from SC. "

Chris pothoff wrote on Sep 29, 2021:

"Renee, Patty, and Nancy - and to all the rest of Jim's family and freinds - I am heartbroken over our loss of Jim. Mike Flynn, Jim and I were almost always hanging out together as kids in Beachwood. Our moms didn't need to make more than two call to find us - just to the other two houses. You all are in my prayers. Please feel hugged and loved. Sincerely, Chris Pothoff"