Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
May 5, 2007
Marion F. "Smiley" Rutherford, 92, of Shelbyville died Thursday, May 3, 2007, Major Hospital.
Born June 30, 1914, in Waltonville, Ill., s/o  Charles and Ella (Lambert) Rutherford.
Married  Wilma Stubbs  on June 2, 1979; she survives.
Other survivors:  sons, Ray (wife, Bonnie) Rutherford  of Albuquerque, N.M., and  Marion F. (wife, Joyce) Rutherford Jr. of Lebanon, Tenn.; daughters, Kathy Aldridge of Plainfield,  Carolyn Pollitt (fiancee, Mike Talbert) of Montgomery, Ala., and  Diana (husband, Martin) Tanner of Shelbyville; brother,  Earl Rutherford  of Riverside, Calif.; sister,  Barbara Barnhart  of Tolono, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents; one brother, two sisters, two grandsons and son-in-law, Wendell Aldridge.
Moved to Shelbyville from Illinois in 1946.
Employed at D&S Sales and Service, in the parts department and as a mechanic, from 1947 until retiring in 1979.
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
High school graduate.
Member of West Street United Methodist Church, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles Lodge No. 7 for more than 30 years.
Loved to fish, was devoted to his family and friends, and never met a stranger.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with the Revs. Perry Richards and Carl Ewick officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributions:  West Street United Methodist Church. 
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, December 31, 2002
June M. Rutherford, 83, of Waldron, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002.
Born June 30, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minn., d/o  Frank E. and  Anna Marie (Parson) Weaver.  Married  Floyd Bill Rutherford  on Dec. 23, 1939; he preceded her in death on June 30, 1980.
Survivors include one son, William D. Rutherford  of Waldron; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Vicki) Lyke  of Waldron and  Jenny Washam  of Seymour; one brother, Eugene Weaver  of Shelbyville; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Indianapolis  Star
June 3, 1988
"E. V. Rutherford dies; ex-Noblesville Tech school teacher
          Memorial services for  E. V. Rutherford, 93, Toronto, a retired Indiana educator, will be at 8 p.m. Thursday in Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul.  He died Wednesday.
          Mr. Rutherford taught botany and zoology at Arsenal Technical High School from 1931 to 1957.  Previously, he taught in schools in Adams Township in Decatur County and in Noblesville.  He was principal of Noblesville High School from 1927 to 1931.
          He was a former resident of Indianapolis and St. Omer in Decatur County.
          Mr. Rutherford was a 1918 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, a 1924 graduate of Hanover College and a 1926 graduate of Indiana University.
          He was a Navy veteran of World War I.  During World War II, he taught meteorology and navigation to Tech students who planned to serve in the Army Air Forces.
          He was a member of the St. Paul Christian Church.  He was the widower of  Irene Shortridge Rutherford.  Survivors:  wife, Gwen Bach Rutherford; daughter  Madge Rutherford Minton; three granddaughters; two great-grandchildren.
          Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to the donor's favorite charity."
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell
(1) SSDI indicates that  Elmer Virgil Rutherford  (23 Dec 1893-1 Jun 1988) was 94 when he died with a last residence of St. Petersburg, Florida.  
(2) EVR was the 8th of 9 children of  Jesse James Rutherford  (1849-1925) &  Sophia Rathburn  (1858-1939).  (3) His great grandparents were  Robert Rutherford  &  Mary 'Polly' Mitchell, a pioneer farm couple of Noble Twp., Shelby Co.  
(4) He is buried in Paul Hill cem., St. Paul, with his first wife, Irene Elizabeth Shortridge  (1894-1970), daughter of  James Shortridge  and  Allie Martin.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, March 28, 1980
“Mae L. Rutherford 
          Mrs. Mae L. Rutherford, 85, Shelbyville, died … [here] Thursday … Mrs. Rutherford was born in St. Paul, Aug. 11, 1894, the daughter of  Joseph and Mary Lindner.  She was married Jan. 25, 1926, in St. Paul to  Roy Rutherford, and he preceded her in death in 1940.  [She] was … employed at the McQuay Norris Corp. in Connersville and also worked at the St. Paul Grocery … She was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church.  She lived in St. Paul until 10 years ago when she moved to Shelbyville to reside with her son, Gerald Rutherford. … she is also survived by … son, Bernard Rutherford, St. Paul; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Lindner, Indianapolis, and  Joseph Lindner, St. Paul; and one sister, Beatrice McCracken, St. Paul …”
Contributed and summarized by Don T. Mitchell

The  Shelbyville  News
January, 1979
“ Rutherford
          Services for  Mrs. Lamara Eva Rutherford, 89, Waldron, will be … Monday at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul.  She died … Friday [19 Jan 1979] at Major Hospital … there will be Rebekah Lodge services [Sunday] …The Rev. Garold Hampton will officate … Burial will be in VanPelt Cemetery.   Mrs. Rutherford was a … cafeteria employee at the Waldron School.  She was a member of the Waldron Baptist Church and its Anti-Can't Class, the Charity Rebekah Lodge at Waldron and the Waldron Community Club.  She was born April 3, 1889 in Jennings County and was a daughter of  William D.  and  Martha (Robbins) Taylor.  She was married Nov. 24, 1909 to  Warren A. Rutherford  who died June 23, 1964.  Surviving are two sons, Leonard A. … and  Floyd L. Rutherford, both of Waldron, four grandchildren and six geat-grandchildren.  A son Forerest E. [Dean] Rutherford and a grandchild preceded in death.”
Contributed and summarized by Don T. Mitchell

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, July 2, 1971
Rutherford Rites Sunday
Mrs. Goldie E. Rutherford, 75, 327 E. Pennsylvania St., died today.
Born July 23, 1895, d/o  John R.  and  Lillie M. Curry Hamilton.
Married  Wilbur Rutherford  August 8, 1942; he died March 11, 1967.
Survivors:  brother, Roy F. Hamilton, Shelbyville; sisters,  Mrs. Samuel (Mary) Gobel, Shelbyville and  Mrs. Edna Richards, Detroit.
Resident of St. Paul 28 years.  Moved to Shelbyville one year ago.
Carmony Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Rev. A. M. Hamilton officiating.
Burial:  Paul Hill Cemetery, St. Paul.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
June, 1964
“Waldron Man Dies at Home
Rites Friday for Warren A. Rutherford
Warren A. Rutherford, 74, died … Tuesday [23 June 1964]. … Mr. Rutherford had lived in .. Waldron … for 54 years and was employed as a machinist at the International Harvester Co. here … He was born near St. Paul on Jan 9, 1890, the son of  Jesse and Sophia (Rathburn) Rutherford. … On Nov. 24, 1909, he married  Lamara E. (Eva) Taylor, and … three children were born; two survive, Leonard Rutherford  and  Floyd Rutherford, both of Waldron.  A son  [ForrestDean  was killed in Germany in World War II.  Mr. Rutherford was one of nine children.  He is also survived by a sister and two brothers, Mrs. Katie Bullard,  Elmer Rutherford  and  Wilbur Rutherford, all of St. Paul, and four grandchildren. … Funeral services will be … Friday at the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul, Rev. Byron Bastin of Van Buren and Rev. Donald Lambert of the Waldron Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will be in the VanPelt Cemetery. …"
Contributed and summarized by Don T. Mitchell

The  Shelbyville  News
February 15, 1954
L. L. Rutherford Dies in Hospital
Cemetery Employe is Stricken at Marion
          Louis L. Rutherford, 58, employe of the Forest Hill Cemetery Association, died Saturday at 10:00 p.m. at General Hospital in Marion following a three month illness.
          Mr. Rutherford was a native of Decatur county but had spent the greater part of his life in Shelby county.  He formerly resided in this city, but had lived with a daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Hunt, in Marion since his illness.  He was born near St. Paul on September 10, 1895, the son of  Jesse and  Sophia (Rathburn) Rutherford
          He was married to Letha Zell  on August 3, 1915, and she survives with two daughters, Mrs. Hunt and  Mrs. Richard Bailey  of Marion.  Also surviving are six grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters, Dee Rutherford  and  Warren Rutherford  of Waldron;  Wilbur Rutherford  and  Mrs. Katie Bullard  of St. Paul;  Elmer Rutherford  of Indianapolis and  Mrs. Nora Buck  of Greensburg.
          Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Murphy Mortuary with Rev. C. M. Hager officiating.  Burial will be at Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
December 11, 1947
Rites Are Arranged
For Forrest Rutherford

Forrest D. Rutherford
              Plans have been made at Waldron for funeral and burial rites of another of Shelby county's World War II casualties.
          The body of Pfc. Forrest D. Rutherford will arrive in Greensburg Tuesday afternoon at 3:32 o'clock and will be taken to the home of the parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Warren A. Rutherford, in Waldron, where friends may call after 7:00 o'clock Tuesday night.
          FUNERAL  SERVICES  will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Waldron Baptist Church with  Rev. Byron Bastin, of Hanover, a childhood friend of Pfc. Rutherford, officiating with the assistance of  Rev. Park T. Rushford, pastor of the church.  Burial will be made in the VanPelt cemetery in charge of D. E. Carmony of St. Paul.  Members of Victory Post No. 70, American Legion, will participate in the last rites.
          Pfc. Rutherford was killed in action near Aschen, Germany, on November 20, 1944.  He enlisted in the army on March 31, 1943, and was stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and Camp Swift, Tex., before being sent overseas in October, 1943.  He served as a first scout with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the First Army's first division.
          The young man was 20 years of age at the time of his death.  He was born south of Waldron on May 13, 1924, and attended the Waldron school.  He is survived by his parents and two brothers,  Leonard A. and  Floyd L. Rutherford,  both of Waldron.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
February 6, 1945
Rite Is Set for Wednesday Morning
          John Sylvester (Ves) Rutherford age eighty-two, died Sunday evening at 7:25 o'clock at the home of a granddaughter, Mrs. Ira Eiler, of west of Milford, with whom he had made his home for several years.  Death was caused by a heart ailment.  He had been ill for two weeks and in a serious condition for the past week.
          Mr. Rutherford served as foreman of the packing room at the St. Paul Canning Company for many years before his retirement.  he was born in Shelby county on December 24, 1862, the son of  John and Elizabeth Phillips Rutherford.  On June 17, 1886, he was married to  Mary C. Young, who preceded him in death many years ago.
          The granddaughter, Mrs. Eiler, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild are the only survivors.
          Mr. Rutherford was a member of the St. Paul Christian Church.  Funeral services will be held at the D. E. Carmony funeral home in St. Paul Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Marvin Johnson officiating.  Burial will be made in Paul Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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