OBITUARY

Johnny Ely Rutherford

December 8, 1943March 10, 2018
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Johnny Ely Rutherford went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 10, 2018 very peacefully in his sleep. He was a father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. He was born December 8, 1943 to Edna and Dick Rutherford in Houston, Texas. He was married to his Bellaire High School sweetheart, Sandra Rod Rutherford for 53 years, and had 3 children, Tracie, Rip and Jason. God blessed each one of them with wonderful mates- Gene Dickey, Tracy Kizziar and Kristen Kitt. Johnny was greatly blessed again with 9 grandchildren- Brandon, Matthew and Andrew Dickey, Jordan, Jeremy. Jamison and Jacob Rutherford, and Riley and Gavin Rutherford. His joy and his pride were his family. Johnny graduated from the University of Houston in 1967 . He went to work for the AJ Rod company in 1964, and ran the company for over 50 years until his retirement in 2016. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and absolutely loved living on the ranch in Smithville, Texas. He had hunted many places in the world and had achieved the “Big Five” from Africa and the “ Grand Slam of North American Sheep”.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Dennis Rutherford and is survived by all of his immediate family, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Gay Rod, a niece and 3 nephews, Michelle Rod, Bobby Rod, Wyatt Beauchamp, and Mike Rutherford, Numerous cousins, and many, many very close friends.

There will be visitation at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, Texas, Thursday, March 15, 5:00-8:00 pm. Service and Luncheon, Friday, March 16, 11:00-2:00. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations in Johnny’s honor to LiveBeyond.org , stjude.org , Smithvillefoodpantry.com or your favorite charity.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Dennis Rutherford and is survived by all of his immediate family, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Gay Rod, a niece and 3 nephews, Michelle Rod, Bobby Rod, Wyatt Beauchamp, and Mike Rutherford, Numerous cousins, and many, many very close friends.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Reception Friday, March 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

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MONA WATTS

March 16, 2018

DEAR SANDRA AND FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST I KNOW HOW HEART WRENCHING IT IS BUT I KNOW YOUR FAITH IN GOD WILL GET YOU THROUGH THIS, JOHNNY WAS LOVED BY MANY FRIEND'S AND FAMILY ESPECIALLY SCOTT, JOHNNY WAS LIKE A SECOND DAD TO HIM. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY .


SINCERELY MONA WATTS

Mark Wilcox

March 15, 2018

My memory of John is: My father loved Johnny; loved the A. J. Rod community. I was happy to know my father had found acceptance and support at a period in my family's life that gave safety and support. Thank you! Respectful and lovingly

Mark Wilcox

Leticia Perez

March 14, 2018

My condolences to your family, I haven't been part of the AJ family long, but please know I send my deepest sympathies for peace and comfort. May the Lord bring you joy each morning.
Mrs. Leticia Perez
A.J. Rod Co.- New Braunfels, TX

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Dick Rutherford, Johnny's father

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Edna Rutherford, Johnny's mother

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Johnny and Dennis

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with Earline and A.J. Rod, Sandra's parents

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Biography

Johnny Ely Rutherford went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 10, 2018 very peacefully in his sleep. He was a father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. He was born December 8, 1943 to Edna and Dick Rutherford in Houston, Texas. He was married to his Bellaire High School sweetheart, Sandra Rod Rutherford for 53 years, and had 3 children, Tracie, Rip and Jason. God blessed each one of them with wonderful mates- Gene Dickey, Tracy Kizziar and Kristen Kitt. Johnny was greatly blessed again with 9 grandchildren- Brandon, Matthew and Andrew Dickey, Jordan, Jeremy. Jamison and Jacob Rutherford, and Riley and Gavin Rutherford. His joy and his pride were his family. Johnny graduated from the University of Houston in 1967 . He went to work for the AJ Rod company in 1964, and ran the company for over 50 years until his retirement in 2016. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and absolutely loved living on the ranch in Smithville, Texas. He had hunted many places in the world and had achieved the “Big Five” from Africa and the “ Grand Slam of North American Sheep”.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Dennis Rutherford and is survived by all of his immediate family, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Gay Rod, a niece and 3 nephews, Michelle Rod, Bobby Rod, Wyatt Beauchamp, and Mike Rutherford, Numerous cousins, and many, many very close friends.

There will be visitation at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, Texas, Thursday, March 15, 5:00-8:00 pm. Service and Luncheon, Friday, March 16, 11:00-2:00. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations in Johnny’s honor to LiveBeyond.org , stjude.org , Smithvillefoodpantry.com or your favorite charity.