Ernest Richard Ruterman, 89, of Syracuse, NY, died Sunday, March 1, 2020. Ernest was born to Genevieve Marie Sanders and Ernest Francis Ruterman on May 21, 1930 in Douglas, AZ. In 1952, he earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona and continued on to earn a Master's from Stanford University in 1953. After 31 years, Ernie retired from General Electric Company in Syracuse, NY in 1989. Ernest is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Vera Louise Hopkins Ruterman; his sister, Marilyn Rodman (Bill); children, Steven Lee (Joy Sayers Hill), Gail Lynn (Thomas C. Schwartz), Keith Ernest, and Paul Brian; grandchildren, Cary Sayers Ruterman Sherman (Jonathan Sherman), Lillian Emily Vera Rush (Benjamin Rush), Louisa Catharine Ann Schwartz, and Evan Hill Ruterman; great grandchildren, Genevieve Ellen Rush and Julia Louise Rush; and cousins, nieces, and nephews. Ernie was an avid ornithologist, gardener, fisherman, and carpenter. Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 14 at 12:30 pm followed by the funeral Mass at 1pm, at Holy Cross Church, 4112 East Genesee Street, Dewitt, NY 13214. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Food Bank of Central New York, 315-437-1899. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.