Class of 1974
1972 Maroon Spotlight
Stanley Curtis Rutherford
July 16, 1956 – October 6, 2023
On Friday, October 6, 2023, Stanley Curtis Rutherford took off on his final flight from this world and landed in the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ.
Stan was born to Rufus and Ruby Rutherford on July 16, 1956, in Perry, Oklahoma. He attended Perry High School through his sophomore year and graduated from Sapulpa High School in the class of 1974.
On September 12, 1980, he married the love of his life Sheryl. He proudly served 20 years in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol before retiring in 2000. He continued his aviation career as the chief pilot for Ozark National Life in Missouri for 19 years before retiring to Glenpool, Oklahoma. Stan spent his retired years using the skills he learned from his father to bring new life to things neglected and forgotten by “reimagining” decaying pianos into works of art.
Stan has had a few titles throughout his life such as trooper, pilot, photographer and piano man, but the titles he loved the most were son, brother, husband, father/ daddy, grandpa/ papa, friend and most of all, child of God.
Stan is survived by his wife Sheryl; their children Stephen Rutherford and wife Jessica, Jennifer Dombrowski and husband Thomas, Elizabeth Sharpe and husband David, and David Rutherford and wife Crystin; 13 grandchildren: David Michael, Adylee, Jonathan, Hudson, Serenity, Seth, Malachi, Henry, Benjamin, Maverick, Nora, Bythiah, Scarlett; and his siblings: Marie Oliver and husband Larry, Harvey Rutherford and wife Lanette, Larry Rutherford and wife Donna, Lonnie Rutherford and wife Iona, and Linda Luthye.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Sara Faye, his parents Rufus and Ruby Rutherford and his father and mother-in-law, Wilbur and Faye Griffith. S
Funeral services will be held at Carbondale Assembly of God, 2135W 51st St. Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. The funeral will be followed by a graveside service at Sample Cemetery in Covington, Oklahoma.