In memory of
Arthur D. Rutkowski Tucson, AZ Arthur left this world to be with Jesus and his Holy Father on December 4, 2018. He was the first-born in his family on October 8, 1942 in East Chicago, Indiana. He grew up in Hammond, IN, graduated from Bishop Noll High School, and then Indiana University where he majored in business on his path to becoming an attorney. Arthur's lifelong career ambition was to be the best labor and employment law attorney he could be, always putting his clients' interests first, and he succeeded in having a very long and satisfying career. At his retirement, one of his partners said, "Arthur has been part of this firm's bedrock for over thirty years. He has served on the firm's Executive Committee, as a mentor for many attorneys over the years and a role model for us all." Aside from the practice of law, Arthur was an avid legal writer. He and his wife co-authored a book, Labor Relations in Hospitals that received the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing in 1984. Many of his articles have appeared in national publications. Most notably, Arthur has been a contributing author for Elkouri & Elkouri, How Arbitration Works, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, BNA Books. Arthur published Employment Law Update for more than 30 years, a national employment law newsletter still available on Westlaw. Arthur was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, who cherished every day and lived it to the fullest. He had a strong faith in God and prayed every day for his family, special people and those who were poor and suffering. He had a sixth sense about people, financial trends and horse racing, which astounded us all. He was thankful for his abundant blessings and life. Among his favorite things were home cooking, music of all kinds, dancing, travel and the mountains of Tucson and Sapphire Valley, North Carolina. His family was very important to him and he valued the time he spent with them. He loved watching IU basketball and his Cubbies, and knew the names of all the players on every major sports team. He developed close lifelong friends and enjoyed making and recalling good times and important life events. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Mary (Mamrila) Rutkowski, his daughter, Laura Mary Wheeler, Monty Clement and grandparents, aunts, uncles and his niece. He is survived by his loving wife and devoted partner for over 40 years, Barb; daughters Michele "Shelley" Rutkowski, and Cheryl Lynn Smith (Andrew); son-in-law Kevin Wheeler; his grandchildren Drew, Brittany, Chelsea, Finn, Rowan, great grandchildren and his brothers Carl (Debbie) Rutkowski, Robert Rutkowski and Gary (Patty) Rutkowski and Joan Schmitt. Spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren was something he treasured. Father Ted Temple was very special to Arthur. Arthur spent his retirement years traveling and helping people who were less fortunate and always strived to do more in a quiet way. He was particularly moved by St. Jude's Shrine in South Chicago because of their humble ministry and direct service to the poor. He also supported Father Ted's Fund at St. Vincent de Paul, which helps people in crisis. In his memory, he would want us all to do something kind for someone else. We will miss him greatly. Friends and family are invited to a mass and celebration of Arthur's life at St. Benedict's Cathedral on January 12, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Ted Temple officiating.
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