Roy M. Rutherford, 94, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020, after a period of illness. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, August 24 at the United Methodist Church in Claude, 400 Trice St., Claude, TX 79019.
Roy was born on May 9, 1926, in Amarillo, the second son of Albert F. Rutherford and Annie Gorin Rutherford. He grew up in Claude and attended school there before moving on to Kemper Military school in Boonville, Missouri.
In 1944, when Roy was 18 he enlisted in the Marine Corps, rose to the rank of Sergeant, and served on the U.S.S. Chester, a heavy cruiser, seeing action in the Pacific. He was a part of the battle for Okinawa and participated in the occupation of Japan.
After the war, Roy married Fran Harold whom he had met in Boonville while at Kemper. He studied at Texas Christian University. He and Fran adopted a young baby boy, Tom, while they were in Ft. Worth. The young family followed Roy to Hartford, Connecticut while he finished his Doctorate. They settled in Columbia, Missouri where Roy entered the ministry teaching as an Associate Professor at the Missouri School of Religion, of the University of Missouri.
He held a B.A and Bachelor of Divinity from Brite College of the Bible at TCU, an M.A. and Doctorate of Education from the Hartford Seminary Foundation in Connecticut.
In 1969 Roy left the ministry and took a position with the State of Kansas in Topeka. In the early 80’s Fran and Roy went their separate ways. After he retired from the State, Roy moved back to his roots in Claude. There he renewed an acquaintance with his former teacher in Claude, Marianne Wooldridge. Roy and Marianne married in 1989. Both he and Marianne were benefactors of the Armstrong County Museum, the historic Gem Theatre, and the Goodnight House. Roy served on the board of the museum from 1990 until 2018.
He was proud of his Texas heritage. He was proud of Claude. He was well thought of in the community. A Husband. A Father. A Grandfather. A friend. Roy will be missed by many.
Roy is survived by his wife Marianne, his son Tom and his family as well as step-daughter Peggy and her family. Tom and his wife Diana live in Aurora, Colorado, and have two daughters, Heather and Andrea. Heather and her husband Josh Hallman live in Centennial, Colorado, with their two daughters, Ella and Nolie. Andrea lives in Los Angeles. Peggy Wooldridge Berg and husband Dr. Howard Berg live in Amarillo. Granddaughter Christi Berg Floeck lives in Houston with her children Lizzie and Clay Floeck. Grandson Trent Berg is in Austin.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Armstrong County Museum in Roy’s name.