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William "Bill" Dane Rutherford

July 25, 1935May 19, 2020

William (Bill) Dane Rutherford, 84, of Spring, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Bill was born on July 25, 1935, in Graham, Texas, to Dane Jackson Rutherford and Ethel Lucille Cox Rutherford.

Bill graduated from Concordia High School in Austin, Texas, and then attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, Concordia University in Nebraska, and The University of Texas in Austin, receiving two Bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s degree. Bill’s love of learning and connecting with people led him to a 40 year career of teaching in Christian schools within the Lutheran parochial system around the world, and his love of travel led him to accept positions in Elgin, Illinois, Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Hong Kong and Houston, Texas.

Bill was preceded in death by Nancy, his Wife of 48 years, and his parents Dane and Ethel. Bill is survived by his Daughters; Dana Rutherford Meeks of Houston, Texas, and Sharon Rutherford Russell and husband Iain of Spring, Texas; Grand-Daughters: Heidi and Jenni; and Great-Grandsons: Damion, Dylan and David.

A private family graveside service will be held Friday, May 22, 2020, and a Memorial service will held at a later date.


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William "Bill" Dane Rutherford

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Rosemary Garvey

June 6, 2020

I remember Mr Rutherford from Hong Kong . His office was a safe space and a great forum for sharing deep, intense and crazy teenager thoughts and beliefs.
My deepest condolences to his family

L Flick

June 5, 2020

It is not a understatement to say that Rutherford kept us all from a nervous breakdown. High school was horrible... but he always had time to listen to our problems. He let us cut classes when we had to work problems out & let us smoke in his office.
He always put the students ahead of the rules. Never judged and always had time to quietly listen to our silly problems.
What I remember most is his sense of humor.
That all sounds small... but he was always a safe place.

I'm embarrassed that I only connected with him twice in the years after. But he didn't hesitate for a second when I said my name-& even teased me about a drama that I'd forgotten.

He lived a compassionate life & will always have a special place in my heart.
My sympathy goes out to the people that loved him.

Archie Buchman

May 25, 2020

Bill was such a strong Christian teacher and friend. I remember how not only was he a dedicated teacher and coach but also ran the Lutheran Bookstore for years. We had many times we shared experiences together especially with trips to Camp Lone Star. He was a Facebook friend, and I will miss his quotes and greetings. Rest in peace Bill in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

Lonnie Gonzales

May 22, 2020

Mr. (Coach) Rutherford was a role model for me from 5th to 8th grade at Trinity Messiah Lutheran School. Go Tigers! He spent a lot of time influencing me with his gentle but firm spirit on the court or field. We won and lost in life together. I am who I am today because he sacrificed his time and love for Jesus with me. Coach, thanks for the memories!

Ruth Stoerkel

May 22, 2020

Many memories fill our thoughts of Bill and Nancy Rutherford and their labors on behalf of students and the Lutheran community. May God bless the family with joy as they look forward to the day when we shall all be together in glory - in the presence of our Savior and Lord.

Ruth Stoerkel
Trinity Lutheran Church

Matt Lauder

May 21, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. Heaven is blessed to have him in his forever home. He was such a kind man with a heart of gold. He was an inspiration to me as a child and as an adult. He was the first non family member I called when mom died in 2009 and he gave me kind words and we said a prayer together, we cried a little and we laughed a little together. Coach and friend you will always be remembered and loved. "Dear lord take care of this precious soul and help his family get through these sad times. Bless his children and grandchildren with love and help them to remember all the smiles he passed out here on Earth. Help them to celebrate his life on Earth and eternal life in heaven. Amen."

Dan Brockermeyer

May 21, 2020

Bill was a wonderful example of Christian love and caring for everyone he met, most especially for Nancy and the girls.

Bill Streger

May 21, 2020

I can remember as kids meeting all of you before y’all left to go to Hong Kong. I remember getting letters that were on stationary then folded and stamped and mailed. I remember when Bill and Nancy lived with us before they bought a house next door. Fun times at Lutheran High. Car pools and road trips. Jason and Heidi going to Trinity together. I love you all and Carolyn and I have you all in our prayers. I can see Jim and Doris with Bill and Nancy. 3 beers and one unsweet tea. Because your dad always said he was sweet enough. We love y’all. Bill and Carolyn Streger

Elizabeth Stoerkel

May 21, 2020

May the love in your heart help to heal the loss and know that the Lord is with you. Mr. Rutherford was a great influence in leading me to choose the teaching profession. He will always have a special place in my heart.

Tammy Patke

May 21, 2020

Mr. Rutherford was such a wonderful teacher/coach with such a big heart. Fly high Mr. Rutherford, God now has another angel.


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