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Larry L. Rutherford

Larry passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Allegan General Hospital.

He was born April 18, 1956 in Kalamazoo, the son of Donald and Frances (Grimes) Rutherford. For over 20 years Larry worked as a welder for Checker Motors. He also worked as a mechanic for Street and Strip in Kalamazoo and Muffler Man in Plainwell.

In his free time Larry enjoyed playing pool, making things for his family out of leather and as a younger man, car racing at Kalamazoo Speedway. Most of all Larry loved spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Roxanne, children, Vickey (Terry) Payne, Dale (Sara) Holiday, Larry (Denise) Rutherford and Jamie Rutherford; grandchildren, Terry Payne, Thomas Payne, Bethaney Payne, Kaley Bell, Mitch Holiday, Slater Rutherford, Karter Rutherford and a granddaughter on the way; 2 great-grandchildren, Carson Bell and Dawson Payne; his mother; siblings, Kitty Towne, Gary Rutherford, Harry (Carol) Rutherford, Maryann Winn, Mike (Rhonda) Newcastle, Karen (Jerry) Butcher, Diane Newcastle, Sue (John) Bush, Penny (Mark) Griffin, Danny (Iris) Rutherford and June (Wayne) Lester along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, David Rutherford.

Friends may visit with Larry’s family starting at 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home in Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 5:00 P.M., with celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the

American Cancer Society

or to

DC Strong.

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Gary & Rose Town

September 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Sending prayers to the Rutherford family.

Always in our Heart


Star Rawlings

September 12, 2021 at 4:38 pm

I am deeply sadden to hear about the passing of Larry. He was a very kind man to my husband and I. He helped us out a couple of times and for that, I will be eternally grateful.


Tammy Bailey

September 12, 2021 at 4:59 pm

As a classmate of Larry’s, I wish to offer my sincere condolences to his entire family. Larry was always such a kind-hearted soul.

So very sorry,

Tammy (Merrill) Bailey


Kim Marciniak

September 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm

Rutherford Family my condolences for your loss. Larry, Jamie and family my heart goes out to you! Sending healing prayers, love and hugs. My deepest sympathies. Love ❤️ you all!


Carol watson

September 13, 2021 at 8:59 am

I’m so sorry to here of Larry passing ! My heart goes out to his family lots of hugs and prayers through this sad time! My God be with you!


Nicki Richards

September 13, 2021 at 12:44 pm

My condolences to the family. I knew Larry for a long time through the pool community and had the pleasure of playing with him on my teams. He was a great guy that would do anything he could for anyone. He will be missed… RIH


Dave Goyings

September 13, 2021 at 1:21 pm

So sorry for your loss, may you rip Larry. I’ve been a customer at muffler man plainwell for many years, Larry treated his customers like family, and, always did outstanding work!!



September 13, 2021 at 1:46 pm

I love u uncle Larry and will miss u


Sarah & Casey Hendrixson

September 13, 2021 at 3:10 pm

Sincerest condolences to the Rutherford family. Very sad to hear this. Larry was such a kind, giving and good natured man. I will forever be grateful for his support and kindness when I lost my father last year. Rest In Peace, my friend.



September 14, 2021 at 9:10 am

As he walks with Angels know that he will watch over you and guide you.

God Bless your family.

Classmate 1975, you will be missed.


Amanda sherwood

September 14, 2021 at 12:33 pm

Deepest condolences to the Rutherfords , Larry as well as a lot of the family have always been extended family to me and my son. My prayers are for the pain in your hearts and my hope is you find comfort in Larry’s pain being at an end . Remember this is not “goodbye” , just see you later .


Lee and Diane Boysen

September 14, 2021 at 5:26 pm

Our condolences go out to the entire Rutherford families for the loss of your Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Son,, Brother and Friend to so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you..


Joan Newcastle

September 15, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Prayers to you all at this time of sorrow. God grant you all loving memories to keep close to your heart. I’m sure he will be looking after you all from heaven, with Dad & David. God bless.


Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

September 15, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Mike and Rhonda:

Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother.


Jacqueline Lofton

September 16, 2021 at 4:33 pm

My condolences and prayers to Larry’s family. I will truly miss you.


Lori Jones Kent

September 28, 2021 at 9:52 pm

Kitty, Harry and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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