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Clyde I. Ruttenber, 90, of Laughlin Drive, who worked as a graphic artist for Moore Business Forms until he retired in 1974, died Friday (Sept. 17, 1999) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born in Silver Creek and was a graduate of Silver Creek High School. In addition, he was a graduate of the former Fredonia Normal School and Buffalo State College.

Ruttenber served in the U.S. Army during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines. Fifty years later, he published a collection of his paintings and drawings illustrating life in the South Pacific.

He taught art and grade school in Cherry Creek in the early 1930s. In addition, he worked for McClenathan's in Dunkirk as a commercial artist, and did artwork and cartoons for the Dunkirk Evening Observer. At that time, he also created a tourism map of the wine country around Silver Creek and Dunkirk.

In 1950, he moved to Niagara Falls and worked for Moore Business Forms.

Ruttenber's home was personalized with his Pennsylvania Dutch paintings and hand crafted furniture. Widely known in the local artist community, he painted a prodigious number of pastels after his retirement from Moore. The subjects included landscapes, still lifes and portraits.

He had created his own pen and ink Christmas cards, which he mailed to his family and friends every year for 50 years.

Ruttenber was active in the Niagara Falls Art Society and other art groups in the area, as well as in the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Margaret "Peggy" Naramore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave. Private burial will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Hanover.

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