Wayne E. Rutherford
March 18, 1935 ‒ November 30, 2017
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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