Wayne E. Rutherford

March 18, 1935 ‒ November 30, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio

Wayne Everett Rutherford, 82, of Centerburg, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

He was born March 18th, 1935 in Delaware, Ohio to the late Goldie (Wright) and Eldridge Rutherford.

Wayne was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Alaska.  Upon leaving the service, Wayne worked for the Coca Cola Company, Pepsico, Rockwell, North American, and finishing his working years with PPG Industries in Delaware, OH.  Wayne was a lifetime member of Centerburg Amvets and The Centerburg Conservation Club, as well as Centerburg Church of Christ.

Wayne dearly loved and cherished his family.  His greatest enjoyment was watching his kids and grandkids play sports, sing in the choir, play in the band, or whatever activities in which they were involved.  If you were having a conversation with Wayne, you were hearing about all the achievements of his loved ones, and often got a nick-name that would instantly become your calling-card.

Wayne is survived by his wife Bonita (Benjamin) Rutherford; son, Douglas “Ole Fart” (Elaine) Rutherford; daughters, Pam “Pammy” (Gary “Honk”) Pruett; Denise “Dede” (Bill) Vernon; Marilyn “Maynard, Mange,” Rutherford; and Teri “Teri-Pooh” (Bill) Miller; son Gary “Gar” (Becky) Fraley; and daughter-in-law, Dinah Fraley.  Grandchildren Jacob (Katie) Rutherford; Julie (Nathan) Bishop; Robin (Clinton) Rupprecht; Stacey (Nathan) Bellman; Amy (JR) Holyfield; Summer Haynes; Thomas (Sam) Rutherford; Ryan (Amanda) Vernon; Jocelyn Vernon; Ellie, Sam and Abbie Miller; Emily and Lydia Fraley; and Aidan Fraley.
Wayne is also survived by 23 great-grandchildren and sisters, Virginia McBride; Marcella Helgeson; Peggy Fitzpatrick; and sister-in-law, Marjorie Rutherford; as well as many nieces and nephews and dear friends and neighbors.

The family would like to send a special appreciation to dear friends Dave and Gloria Evans as well as Mick and Michelle Alexander, who sat and visited with Wayne during these past couple months.

Besides his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann (Murphy) Rutherford; step-son, Brian Fraley; brothers, Frederick, John, and Russell; sisters, Claribelle McKirgan and Doris Cannon; and great-grandson Brody Holyfield.

His family will sorely miss the pure sense of humor and orneriness that Wayne possessed.  We all knew that if we needed a good laugh, just go sit with him for a little while.

Funeral Services will be held 6:00 p.m. Tuesday December 5th, 2017 at the Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011, family and friends may call 4:00 p.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Delaware at a later date .

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Road , Centerburg, Ohio 43011 or Southern Care Hospice, 4039 Parkmead Dr., Grove City, Ohio 43123 .

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  • Was a wonderful man that I enjoyed being around as a child. Made many great memories with this family

  • My deepest condolences to Teri & family. It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and yours. You are in my thoughts.

  • Prayers and thoughts to all the family. May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you comfort keeping Wayne forever in your hearts.

  • Jacob, Katie and family,

    Prayers for peace and confort in this season. Hugs to you all and blessings in your memories and in your heritage.

    The Pannebakers

  • To the entire Rutherford family, I am so sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing.. I have so many wonderful childhood memories , that took place at the Rutherford house. It was like my home away from home. I will miss talking to Wayne, sitting on his porch, when I walk by. And yes he was ornery, but wouldn’t want him any other way. He always made my day. He passesd on the same day my son did, 12 years ago. So it must be a day for extra special people to go to heaven. And he was. May all your wonderful memories of him, help you through your days ahead. My sincere condolences to you all. With love, Becky

  • I don’t remember the year because I was very young, but from the moment you moved in next door, our families have been there for each other. I have so many fond memories of Wayne from my childhood. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor to Dad and was always quick with a funny joke or story! I know that they are together now sharing a little nip and catching up! You all have our sincere condolences. Much love, Greg and Holly

  • Family,
    When we were kids , I loved staying with all of you. One of my favorite things was watching Saturday morning cartoons with Uncle Wayne. We would laugh so hard. Your house was full of so much love.
    Rest In Peace Uncle Wayne.
    Love Barbie

  • Rutherford Family, thoughts and prayers are with you all. I had not talked to Wayne for awhile, I regret that, but he will be forever in my heart. He was a wonderful, kind, gentleman. May you be free of pain and rest in peace..

  • We are sorry for the loss of Wayne, your grandpa and Dad. We didn’t even know he had been ill. Loved the obituary. You expressed his personality well. That big personality will be missed by many but hopefully your many memories will be of comfort. Hugs and prayers,
    Chris and Dick