Robert 'Dick' Rutherford, 81


Robert Dickey “Dick” Rutherford, 81, of Carlinville, died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care in Carlinville.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 to 10:15 a.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville. Funeral services will follow, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dean Probst officiating.

Mr. Rutherford was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Carlinville, to Dr. Robert and Dorothy (Dickey) Rutherford. He married Sally, and she survives.

He graduated from Carlinville High School with the class of 1958 and went on to earn a degree in agriculture from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

During his career, Mr. Rutherford served as a sales consultant and construction center manager for Morton Buildings in Litchfield, retiring in 2006.

After retirement, he became actively engaged in raising purebred Kiko goats, seeking outstanding genetics in the breed. He loved waterfowl hunting in Calhoun County and Canada, and traveling in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Rutherford was a much beloved grandfather and loved spending time with his family. His grandchildren were a great source of joy for him.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by two brothers, Paul and Jack Rutherford; sister, Ann Goetzel; son, Ty (Donna) Rutherford of Gillespie; daughters, Lisa (Rich) Rans of Austin, TX, and Angi (Matt) Voss of Baltimore, MD; stepsons, Rodney (Lisa) Walton of Walterville, OR, Adrian (Amy) Walton and Damon (Becky) Walton, both of Carlinville; stepdaughter, Shawna (Michael) Veydt of Venetia, PA; stepdaughter-in-law, Leah Walton of Westchester; grandchildren, Jesse (Hayley) Rutherford, Riley (Keegan) Craig, Alexander Voss, Griffin, Beckett and Nolan Rans, Rihanna and Macalla Walton, Lauren Swainston, Aidan Walton, Camryn (John) Joseph, Chloe Walton, Carly (Brendan) Stewart, Cory Walton, Will Walton, Matthew Veydt, Emma, Adam and Nick Walton; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Rutherford was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jill Lambert; and stepson, Trevor Walton.

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