Joel James Rutter

Joel James Rutter, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the age of 87. Born in New York City on August 26, 1936, to Walter Bernard Rutter and Rita Joan (Murphy) Rutter, Joel grew up in the Bronx within a large Irish family.

Known for his entrepreneurial spirit, Joel was a proprietor with Sun Oil Company in White Plains and was the proud owner of the Stanford Publick House in Stanfordville, New York. A true renaissance man, Joel’s passion for life extended to his love for classical music, historical literature, and his skills in the kitchen, earning him the title of a “foodie.” Joel found a love for woodworking, a craft he discovered while building their family home. His skill and dedication translated into beautiful furniture pieces that became treasured heirlooms for his family. Alongside his wife Claudia, with whom he shared 63 wonderful years, Joel embarked on various adventures, like living on a sailboat for a year and a half, working as cooks at a fishing camp in Alaska, and camping along the Alaska Highway. Their shared love for exploration and the simple joys of life solidified a bond that will forever endure.

Joel will be dearly missed by his family, including his beloved wife, Claudia Rutter; daughters, Jennifer Thompson (Michael), Shannon Dunn (James), and Betsy Edwards (Patrick); 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and a brother Robert Rutter (Pat).

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Rutter, Jr.

As we celebrate his life, we invite friends and family to join us for a memorial service in the fall at West Hebron United Methodist Church in West Hebron, New York.

In memory of Mr. Rutter, contributions may be sent to West Hebron United Methodist Church, 3178 County Rt. 30, West Hebron, NY 12865.

 Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting