Gerald L. Rutherford

May 18, 1943February 28, 2013

Gerald Lee “Jerry” Rutherford, 69, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday February 28, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. Who on earth is Jerry Rutherford – He may not make headlines upon his passing, but he was an admired man of intelligence, character, and personality. Born May 18, 1943 to Henry and Lillian Rutherford (deceased) in Jacksonville, Illinois. Jerry attended Southern View Grade School, Thomas Jefferson Jr. High and was a 1961 graduate of Springfield High. A graduate of DeVry Technical School as an Electronics Technician and a US Army Vietnam War Veteran serving as an Avionics Technician repairing helicopters. Jerry was a technician for 23 years at WICS Channel 20 TV Station and an Electronics Technician for 17 years for the US Postal Service until his retirement in 2007. Jerry was also a Union Member of good standing of the APWU. Jerry was a member of Rolling Prairie American Baptist Church. Jerry was preceded in death by an infant son Matthew. Jerry will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. Jerry is survived by his Aunt Ruby Avril of California, companion Carolyn McCormick-White of Springfield, best friends Charlie and Brenda Kalbfleisch of Glenarm and numerous cousins. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen St., with Rev. Dr. Mark Estrop officiating and burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Central Illinois Food Bank. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Brenda and Charlie

December 26, 2013

Our first Christmas Eve without you. I made your favorite ham and we cried when Mark said grace. Marissa still misses you so much; you will forever be a part of her life. I still have some anger we should not be putting a wreath on a grave.

brenda and charlie kalbfleisch

May 18, 2013

Today is your birthday. We would be celebrating but there is no laughter today still only tears. We miss you dear friend.

Jeannine (Rutherford ) Harkins

March 17, 2013

I am leaving another message as I just realized that Jerry passed the day before my birthday which will always keep his memory close. Jerry was such a happy soul. He had a bucket list & I pray he got a bunch crossed off. I'm sure Aunt Lill & Uncle Hank welcomed him home. May you rest in peace. You are missed by one and all .

Jeannine Harkins

March 16, 2013

I am one of the numerous cousins mentioned. Jerry was a special human being. Always an "up" person. He also was a practical joker. Always in fun. Jerry & I were close in age but distance kept us apart. But we kept in touch by phone & always at Christmas. I'm sorry I did not get word of his death. Eternal rest be unto you Jerry. I will miss you always.

Patti Tait-Hendrickson

March 7, 2013

Jerry's smile beamed across the plant. He was funny, caring and a great ET. He set an example of "cheerful labor" on many a grouchy day. He is and will always be missed.

Brenda and Charlie

March 5, 2013

We truly miss you our spirits broken the tears still flow so quickly. Hard to imagine ever laughing again the way we did, to enjoy fishing, golfing, playing 3 handed poker till the wee hours and food oh my we truly loved eating. We miss you good friend and will love you forever.

Chad Kalbfleisch

March 5, 2013

Jerry, your stories and your smile will live forever, rest in peace.

March 4, 2013

"I worked along side Jerry at the Post Office for 17 years, he was very liked by all.
We also golfed together many times. I will miss Jerry very much. He was a joy to be around.

Bill Davis

March 4, 2013

Rest in Peace Jerry. You were always a very good friend.

Susan Markert Sturm

March 4, 2013

Rest in Peace Jerry, you were always such a good friend.

Susan Markert Sturm