Doris Rutherford

Funeral services for Doris Rutherford, 90, of Churdan will be held at 11 am Saturday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with burial at a later date at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at 5 pm Friday at the church with a Rosary at 6:30 pm followed by a prayer service.
Survivors include her children; Anna Hemmerling of Omaha, Dorothy Whitver of Jefferson, Joyce Rutherford of Grand Junction, Linda Ringgenberg of Lake City, Kenneth of Jefferson and Larry of Pomeroy.


Doris Rose Rutherford, age 90, of Churdan, passed away on April 4, 2017 at Shady Oaks Nursing Home in Lake City.

Mass of the Christian Burial wasl be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan with Fr. Jeff Schleisman as Celebrant and Fr. Lynn Bruch as concelebrant. Visitation was held at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan after 5:00 P.M. on Friday where there was a Rosary at 6:30 P.M. followed by a Christian Wake Service. Music for the Mass was by Lois Last as organist, Greg Carey as cantor and the St. Columbkille Catholic Church Choir. Lector for the Mass will be Matt Ringgenberg. Gift Bearers were be Allison Whitver and Jason Whitver. Mass Servers were Kolbe Rutherford and McKenzie Rutherford. Casket Bearers were be Doris’ Grandchildren: Deana Shriver, D. J. Tuhn, Eric Rutherford, Evan Rutherford, Allison Whitver, Jason Whitver, Jim Whitver, Tracy Venteicher, Wes Ringgenberg and Matt Ringgenberg. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Churdan.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Brown Funeral Home in Churdan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Churdan Volunteer Fire Department and may be left at the church.

Born May 16, 1926 in Earlham, Iowa, she was the daughter of Clarence and Della (McClure) Smith. Doris grew up in Earlham and graduated from the Earlham High School in 1945. Doris was married to Francis Rutherford on December 10, 1946. Doris took care of homebound residents in Churdan assisting them with cooking and cleaning. Doris was a devoted homemaker and in 1970, she went to work for the Greene County Medical Center as a dietary cook. She retired from there in 1990. Doris enjoyed quilting, crocheting, baking, and reading. In her retirement, Doris took several bus trips and enjoyed visiting many different places.

Doris is survived by her children: Anna Hemmerling (Steve Bosiljevac) of Omaha, Dorothy Whiver (Tom) of Jefferson, Kenneth Rutherford (Barb Shriver) of Jefferson, Joyce Rutherford of Grand Junction, Larry Rutherford of Pomeroy, and Linda Ringgenberg (Steve) of Lake City; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Dorothy Rutherford.

Doris was preceeded in death by her parents, husband Francis in 1997, mother and father-in-law Edward and Naomi Rutherford, daughter-in-law Laura “Ben” Rutherford, a great-grandson, brother Edwin (Marge) Smith, sister Twila Eagen, and in-laws: Corliss and Mary McCabe, William Rutherford, Phil (Helen) Eagen, Robert Eagen.

3 thoughts on “Doris Rutherford


    So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of visiting with Aunt Doris and all the family. She was a wonderful women, and is in a better place. Love to you all – Pam

  2. Kathy Davis

    My prayers and sympathies are with the family during this time of loss. May God bless you all with his strength and the power of healing.

  3. Petie Kinsey

    Joyce , so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I know you will miss her. I believe she is now in a wonderful place and in peace. My heart goes out to you.

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