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Gregory Honaman Rutter

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 16, 2021 @ 2:16 pm In Obituaries | 20 Comments

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January 9, 1951 – August 13, 2021

Gregory Honaman Rutter, 70, of Lancaster, passed away on the evening of Friday, August 13th, 2021.

Greg was born in Hartford, CT to George E. Rutter and the late Nancy Honaman. He was the proud father of Bradford and Gregory II. He is survived by his father George and stepmother Barbara; his sons; his daughter-in-law Christyn Rutter and grandchildren Ella and Gregory III; his wife Fern Dannis; and stepchildren Becca and Ted Applegate.

Greg graduated valedictorian of J.P. McCaskey High School, class of 1968 and then went on to graduate from Princeton University, class of 1972.

Greg was devoted to his clients and partners for his entire career in financial services starting in 1983. When asked what he did for a living, he always said “I help get people retired and stay retired.” He was impactful to the lives of generations of clients as a respected counsel and friend. He loved doing research and risk analysis on investment philosophy and algorithms. His advice was not just about financial investments, but also regarding broader concerns and decisions for his clients’ futures. He was a mentor, respected by clients, partners, colleagues, family and friends alike.  Greg enjoyed his work and never intended to retire, and was never happier than when he was taking care of others.

He was among an elite group who earned the Certified Portfolio Manager designation and he was a Portfolio Management Director for the JKG Group of Morgan Stanley.

Greg served on the Manheim Township Board of School Directors from 1989 – 2001.  He was an avid fan of football, especially the Eagles and Penn State. He watched Jeopardy nightly.  He was extremely proud of his physical strength and the weightlifting talent he developed in his fifties. He won first place in the Master’s Amateur weight class in the A.P.A. Penn State Championships in 2000. He was a member of the Hamilton Club of Lancaster.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 19th at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Greg’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org) or the Lancaster Public Library (lancasterpubliclibrary.org/donate/).

Condolences for the family of “Gregory Honaman Rutter”

Condolence from Liza Steele Kenyon on August 17th, 2021 8:15 am

Dear Fern, Brad and G2,
My thoughts are with all of you. I met Greg in the summer of 1986 as a summer intern at Merrill Lynch. Working directly with him from 1987-1989 shaped my future. He was truly a wonderful friend and mentor. So glad we maintained a friendship all these years. I know you will get many, many more similar reflections, for he was truly a wonderful human being.

Condolence from Jane Shipe on August 17th, 2021 10:28 am

Greg was one of a kind. The smartest guy I ever knew; with the dryest and most insightful humor. I am honored to have shared 30 years working alongside of him…we did some amazing work together…and had so much fun along the way. Hearts have been broken by his death, but I pledge to honor him and to carry on with our work in the best way I can. How he loved his sons, his grandchildren, Christyn, Dad, Barbara and wonderful Fern. LOVE to you all.

Condolence from Kathleen Schwartz on August 17th, 2021 9:57 pm

A truly “Great Man”. So brilliant, funny and kind. A beautiful soul who was beloved and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Condolence from Nancy Ellison Lane on August 18th, 2021 10:58 am

Sending my condolences to the Rutter family.
May your memories of Greg be your gift of solace and bring you peace.
Nancy Ellison Lane
JP McCaskey Class of ‘68

Condolence from Judith Perry (Kasperson) on August 18th, 2021 11:04 am

Greg worked with me while I was the manager at Merrill Lynch I knew he would always do what was right for the client His gifts of logic and empathy were a blessing to both the office and his clients

Condolence from Bonnie Rae Greenwald on August 18th, 2021 11:39 am

So sorry to hear about this. Greg is a cousin through marriage, but I remember him as a classmate, too. Condolences to his family and to Pam and Brad. So sorry for you loss. God bless you all.

Condolence from Kristen Stine on August 18th, 2021 11:56 am

Brad & Family-
Praying for you all through this difficult time. May the memories you
share provide some comfort and strength. One day at a time….

Condolence from Tom Brubaker on August 18th, 2021 12:48 pm

Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Rutter family
It has been our pleasure to work for you for so many years. You will be missed
Your Friends at Home One

Condolence from Brandon Dammerman on August 18th, 2021 12:59 pm

I had the please of getting to know Mr. Rutter growing up with his sons in school. He was such a lovely, funny, and generous man and will be missed. My condolences to Brad, Greg, and the rest of the Rutter family.


Condolence from Sue McMullen on August 18th, 2021 3:09 pm

I was so very sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. I remember Greg fondly as we were classmates from Reynolds Jr High through J P McCaskey. Our paths hadn’t crossed in the past few years, but I have thought of Greg many times as I watched Brad’s exploits on Jeopardy and now The Chaser. Brad’s winning ways were no surprise to me, as I remember Greg’s quick wit and competitive nature from high school classes and sports. My sympathy and prayers of condolence to all of Greg’s family. May your many memories keep him alive in your hearts forever.

Condolence from Mick Kolb on August 18th, 2021 3:39 pm

I only knew Greg briefly in the late summer and fall of 1963 when he and I were members of the Lancaster Elks football team. He was a great teammate and leader of that team. We actually went undefeated and won the Red Rose Midget Football Championship. I went to Lancaster Catholic and lost touch with him. I am so sorry for your loss

Condolence from Virginia Robinson on August 18th, 2021 5:06 pm

Greg was a fine gentleman. I served on the Manheim Township School Board with Greg in the 1990’s. He was incredibly smart, selfless, fair and hard working. He served multiple terms, mentored many and made a difference. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Ginjr Humphreys Robinson

Condolence from Sharron and Don Nelson on August 19th, 2021 11:08 am

Please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of Greg!
He was truly a wonderful board member of Mannheim Township Schools.
I remember him as someone who put the students first and the other considerations second!
He will be missed,

Condolence from Liz Clerico Eshbach on August 19th, 2021 2:24 pm

I was Greg’s weightlifting work out partner at the Y; the only female member of our team, but Greg and the other guys were like my brothers. Even though we hadn’t seen each other in years, I knew that if I ever needed help, he’d be there in a heartbeat. What a stand-up guy. I loved and admired him. A remarkable man. My sympathy and prayers are with all of you. God bless and comfort you in your loss.

Condolence from Marcia Trach on August 20th, 2021 11:03 am

It is always surprising to read of the passing of a High School classmate, but when it is a friend from those days, it hits harder. To his family, there are many of us who share your loss and who appreciated the gentleman Greg was, even at 18!

Condolence from Nancy Banzhof Marshall on August 21st, 2021 9:15 am

Please accept my condolences to your family on the passing of Greg. I went to school with Greg from Wharton up to graduation at JP McCaskey. I also worked with your mother at F & M during the late 60’s & 70’s.
As you know, Greg was extremely talented on many fronts and will be greatly missed.
May God provide your family with comfort, strength and peace.
Nancy Banzhof Marshall

Condolence from George Biechler, McCaskey ’68 on August 23rd, 2021 2:15 pm

Scholar, athlete and gentleman. Head of the class.

Condolence from Stella Papademetriou on August 26th, 2021 1:54 pm

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. He was a great guy and so proud of his sons and his family. I have wonderful memories of Greg in and out of McCaskey. May his memory be eternal.

Condolence from Stella Papademetriou on August 26th, 2021 1:56 pm

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. He was a great guy and so proud of his sons and his family. I have wonderful memories of Greg in and out of McCaskey.
May his memory be eternal.

Condolence from Edmée on September 29th, 2021 1:58 pm

I attended Cornell with Greg II, and am so sorry to hear of his father’s untimely passing. His sons are great men, and I know he was a heck of a father. Blessings and condolences to the Rutter family.

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