William  Rutherford

William "Dave" Rutherford

Monday, October 11th, 1948 - Saturday, November 28th, 2020
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William “Dave” Rutherford, 72, of Dowagiac, passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo.

Public visitation will be held from 1-2 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A celebration of life service will follow at 2 pm, also at the funeral home, masks will be required. Burial will follow in Crystal Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Cande Rutherford to help with final expenses. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Dave was born on October 11, 1948, to John and Beatrice (Waller) Rutherford in Benton Harbor. He honorably served in the Marine Corps., serving two tours in Vietnam. Dave was a member of both the VFW and Moose lodge in Dowagiac. He worked for Whirlpool for many years as an operator and later in life handled taxidermy at his home. Dave loved hunting, socializing, and would do anything for anyone. Most of all, he cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Dave is survived by his children, Billy Wayne Brooks of Tuscon, AZ., David Wayne (Cande) Rutherford of Benton Harbor, Kari (Robert Hamilton) Pullins of Benton Harbor, Ruby (Jonathon) Jones of Dowagiac and Shannon (Billy) Kinchen of Dowagiac; nineteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and siblings, Brenda Crowder, Martha (Stub) Bailey, Mary Ann Alsup, Sandy Eyerly and special friends, Danny Turner and Mike Napier. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Wanda Rutherford and brothers-in-law, Gary, Bo and Ernest.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Crystal Springs Cemetery
    1655 E. Napier Ave.
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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Patty Welch

Posted at 11:17am
Prayers for the entire Rutherford family. I know that he was very loved and his grandchildren especially will always have such fond memories of Dave. Nothing ever seemed to hold him back. He was a legend to his family and he always treated me well. Love and prayers for the entire family.

Patty Welch

Donna Nunley

Posted at 09:59am
So sorry for your lose my thoughts and prayers are with you. Robert talked of Dave often and they had even met up in Viet Nam. They are probably already together telling stories.

Donna (Robert) Nunley

Gary Evett

Posted at 08:51pm
be missed by a lot of his old buddies. He did a number of deer mounts for me. Every time I look at them I will remember him. So sorry for your loss. Gary Evett

Lou Ann McGregor

Posted at 11:39am
So sorry for your loss to all the family and his friends, especially Linda Ronan. I know you will be missed. Rest in peace Dave .

Big Emmitt pullins and stacy pullins

Posted at 06:59pm
Dave love hunting and being in the woods I felt that he would love that I would do this in his memory I love you dave
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