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Dennis Lee Rutherford

February 26, 1943 - March 4, 2019


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    Judy Craig Mullan says

    My condolences to the family. I was a friend and classmate of Dennis. He was a very special person.

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    Jenny Wagoner says

    Dennis was a wonderful man & I enjoyed working with him at American General. He had many interesting stories & was part of our “Lunch Bunch.” My thoughts & prayers go out to all family members & friends. You will always be remembered my dear friend!

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    Debra Jones says

    Rest now, cousin Dennis. Love you. Say hi to Janice, your mom and your aunt Joyce, my mom. , Debi (Perkins) Jones.

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Dennis Lee Rutherford, 76, passed away on March 4, 2019. He was born on February 26, 1943 to Charles Rutherford and Mildred Schmitt in Evansville, Indiana.

Dennis served his country in the Air Force. He was a Vietnam War Veteran. After his service, he worked at restaurants and managed his own called Blake’s Lotaburger in Pheonix, Arizona. Dennis was a Sheriff’s Deputy for Fannin County Sheriff’s Department in Georgia where he retired after 15 years. Dennis enjoyed woodworking, painting, and gadgets. He loved science fiction and history. He was a huge Civil War buff. He recently started tracing his family’s genealogy and created a book for his daughter Jackie that contained their family tree with a cover he made from wood.

Dennis is survived by his wife Carol Rutherford; his daughters Ursula (Chris Koehl) Motari, Jacklyn (Ron Wells) Rutherford, and Catherine Whalen; his step-children Kitty (Larry) Davis, Vikki Bardwell, Ty Watts; his granddaughters Kathryn Rutherford, Maura Koehl and Elena Koehl; his step-grandchildren Wendy Bardwell, Terry James Watts, Afton Watts, Angelina Caputa, Frannie Caputa, Anna Caputa, and Crystal Goodin; his brothers Glenn (Sue) Henderson and John (Rita) Schmitt; his caregiver and niece Dani Cook; and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his step-sons Michael Caputa, Terry Watts, and Jimmy Watts; and his sister Janice Clark.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14th at Sunset Funeral Home with a burial to directly follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Honor Dogs.