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Wayne Rutherford

Memorial services for Wayne J. Rutherford of Nevada City will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Grass Valley.

Mr. Rutherford died Sunday, Jan. 22, in Grass Valley. He was 77.

He was born Feb. 24, 1928, in Guide Rock, Neb., to William Rutherford and Lydia Lawson. He graduated from Biola University in La Mirada. He married Ruth on Feb. 7, 1948, in West Hollywood. He worked for the Beverly Hills Police Department as a detective captain for 25 years. He founded the Maple Center for Troubled Youth. He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Retired Police Officers Association, First Baptist Church of Grass Valley. He was past president and served many years for Interfaith Food Ministry. He was the founder of the Apple Tree Gang. He also worked with youth for many years in Los Angeles and founded a Little League program in the San Fernando Valley, as well as coaching his grandsons teams in Nevada City Little League. He enjoyed playing bluegrass and gospel music, golf, fishing and softball.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Rutherford of Nevada City; son, Steve Rutherford of Nevada City; sons and daughters-in-law Bill and Shirley Rutherford of San Bernadino, and Jeff and Maggie Rutherford of Nevada City; grandchildren Collin and Kelly Rutherford of Nevada City, Juliann and Rick Rutherford of San Bernadino, Joy and Holly Rutherford of Norfolk, Va., Jason Rutherford of Nashville, Tenn., and Jason Rutherford of Valencia; great-grandchildren Stevie Marie, Chase, Eli, and Jonas Rutherford all of Norfolk, Va., and Sierra Rutherford of Mammoth Lakes; brother and sister-in-law, Lowell and Marge Rutherford of Reedley; sister, Alta Mae Brumfield of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Foods, P.O. Box 1174, Grass Valley, 95945.

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