He was born on August 14, 1927, the son of Edmund and Anna (Cooper) Rutter.
Floyd grew up on a farm in the “Spotted Hog” community south of Mtn. Grove. He was drafted into the Army on January 3, 1946 where he served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. When he was released from the Army he returned to Mtn. Grove and his parents.
Floyd was united in marriage to Betty Collins on May 27, 1950 and to this union a daughter, Annette, was born.
Floyd spent most of his working years driving trucks. He retired from Dodds Truck Lines after 27 years with them. After retirement he spent the next several years driving milk trucks for Rex Kelly and Ivan Arthur. His nickname was “Rattler,” a very fitting nickname because he would talk to anyone about anything.
Floyd was a member of Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove. He loved to hunt and fish but when his grandkids came along everything else took a backseat. He and Betty rearranged their lives so they could be part of everything Eric and Emily were involved in.
Floyd was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, which he successfully battled. In 2005 he suffered a massive stroke that left him severely disabled. He and Betty moved to Landmark Villa in Cabool in 2009. After Betty’s passing in 2014, Floyd moved to Kabul Nursing Home where he resided at the time of his passing.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; two brothers, Marion and Orville; five sisters, Jane, Maude, Edna, Eunice and Nellie; and one great-granddaughter, Kayden Lea Sloan.
He is survived by his daughter, Annette Sloan and husband Norris of Mtn. Grove; grandchildren, Eric Sloan and wife Kayla of Houston, Missouri, and Emily Gariss and husband Cody of Lamar, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Kenzi and Stryker Sloan and Grady and Emory Gariss; brothers-in-law, Jim Collins and wife Sheryl, Larry Collins and wife Trevia, Fred Collins and wife Deanna, Jack Collins and wife Carolyn, and Jerry Sanders; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Floyd will be truly missed by all who knew him. He never met a stranger, always had a smile on his face and a gift to talk.
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Lone Star Cemetery near Mtn. Grove with Rev. Roger Flint officiating. Services were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.