RUTHERFORD EDWIN RICHARD was born July 27, 1923 and went to our Lord on October 29, 2012. He was a loving husband, beloved father, esteemed educator, highly-regarded coach, brother, and friend. He served in the Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged. He married Antonia (Domeracki) Rutherford after discharge from the Navy and they had seven children: Carol Anne, Douglas Thomas, Karen Susan, Rosemary, Frank, Janice Lucy, and Ann Clare. Ed was a highly regarded football coach at Detroit Western High School and Detroit Denby High School and then an assistant football coach at Michigan State University. He fostered the athletic development of countless young men who eventually became his friends. He was an assistant football coach under Duffy Daugherty, Denny Stolz, Muddy Waters and George Perles. He led an accomplished and honorable life and will be sorely missed by all. He is survived by his wife, all seven of his children, fourteen grandchildren and three great-grand-children. Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Coach Edwin R. Rutherford: Spartan Fund | Michigan State University 200 Spartan Way - East Lansing, MI 48824-4005 Phone: (517) 432-4610 | firstname.lastname@example.org Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family and sign the memory book. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.
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Annie, My condolences to you and the whole family. Your husband had a great influence on my life and will never be forgotten. Jim Haislp
I played for coach Rutherford at Denby in '62 & '63. I played organized football from age 10 thru high school. Without any knowledge of my own,coach contacted Olivet College and offered me half ride scholarship.He was a great football coach and will be sorely missed.You have my heartfelt sympathy.
Coach Rutherford was a good coach and his teams were always prepared. Denby High was always a force to be reckoned with. God Bless.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, He was a respected coach and a great influence in my life. He will always be remembered. George Haislip
Thanks for everything. I owe you a lot and because of that I have tried to pass it on to other athletes. Rest in Peace.
Doug, Sharon and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. One of my most cherished memories of high school at Denby was the excitement generated by the extremely successful football teams and your dad, of course, was the primary reason for all the excitement. May he rest in peace.