George Edward Rutan Jr.

George “Ed” Rutan Jr., 73, of Poteau died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Poteau. He was born July 1, 1938, in Long Beach, Calif., to George Edward Sr. and Mabel (Kiser) Rutan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired police officer from Long Beach and Heavener Police Departments.He was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, Gloria Rutan.Survivors include a son, Edward Henry Rutan of Utah; five daughters, Tracey Kranz and son-in-law Doyel Arrant of Loving, Janet Lynn Rutan of Moreno Valley, Calif., Raeann McNamara of Los Alamitos, Calif., Frances Heinz of Bakersfield, Calif., Lisa Tremper of Bunea Park, Calif.; two brothers, Richard and Robert Rutan both of Oroville, Calif.; a sister Kathleen Lanzi of Newport Beach, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; as well as a host of other family, friends, and loved ones.  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel in Poteau with Father Valentine Ndebilie officiating.Memorial service and cremation are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home.The family has requested in lieu of flowers a love offering be made to the Long Beach Police Officers Association (Widows and Orphans Fund) 2865 Temple Ave, Long Beach, Calif. 90755  (  or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.You may leave an on-line message at