Charles M. Rutherford
Charles M. “Charlie” Rutherford, 78, of Wenatchee, a former longtime Rock Island and Quincy resident, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2012 at Central Washington Hospital.
He was born on April 28, 1934 at Topsy, Oklahoma to the late Jesse and Fannie (McGee) Rutherford. He was raised and received his schooling at Jay, Oklahoma. His first job was working in a lumber mill in Oklahoma, prior to travelling to the northwest to pick peaches. In the early 1950’s, he went to work at a Bean Processing Plant in Murtaugh, Idaho. In 1967, he moved to Quincy where he went to work at Centennial Meals, processing beans. He became a Foreman and remained working through its name change to Central Bean for over 30 years before retiring.
He was married to Donnalee Ellen Manskey on March 16, 1986 at Reno, Nevada. They moved to make their home together in Rock Island, where they remained until moving briefly to East Wenatchee in 2010. They moved to Wenatchee one year ago.
Charlie especially enjoyed playing one arm bandit slot machines. He was a real outdoorsman that relished woodcutting, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Donnalee E. Rutherford, Wenatchee; two children, Randy Rutherford, Soap Lake and Cynthia “Cindy” and her husband Jesse Puente, Yuma, Arizona; six step-children, Mark S. Manskey, Pilot Point, Texas, Marcel S. Kopplin, Spokane, Keith A. Manskey, Apache Junction, Arizona, Kay Ann Curtis, Spokane, Julie Lynn Knowles, Spokane and Maureen K. Orndorff, Spokane; four brothers and sisters, Lillie Thompson, Bentonville, Arkansas, Bill Rutherford, Colcord, Oklahoma, Louise “Cotton” Frye, Bentonville, Arkansas and Russell Rutherford, Colcord, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Audrey “Katie” Saunders, Dryden, Amanda Sawyer, Auburn, WA and Jake Puente, Lynnwood, WA; and five grandchildren, Cooper Puente, Lynnwood, WA, Joshua Rich, Dryden, Megan Rutherford, Luke Sawyer and Kylie Sawyer all of Auburn, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Walter Black, Lewis Rutherford and Johnnie Black and two sisters, Zelmie Rutherford and LouLou “Toots” Woods.
A rememberance gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.