William Ernest ''Ernie'' Rutherford, M. D.
June 12, 1939 - July 28, 2012
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Kilpatrick Funeral Home
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Monroe, LA 71201
318-323-9611 | Map
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1200 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
318-323-9611 | Map
Thursday 8/2

William Ernest “Ernie” Rutherford, M.D., passed away in Monroe, Louisiana on July 28, 2012. He was 73. Dr. Rutherford was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 12th, 1939 to Philip and Ethel “Minnie” Rutherford. From the early age of 4 he aspired to be a doctor, even though no one in his family had…

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susan hoffman left a message on August 13, 2012:
he was a great dr. he was the only dr my mother actually liked to go see! she really loved him and will miss him very much!
gloria nugent left a message on August 13, 2012:
to the rutherford family, i worked for dr. rutherford, dr blondin, and dr. harter in dialysis in 1980 at st francis hospital he was always kind and cordial to me i enjoyed my time with him and am so sorry for your loss.
Leslie Riner left a message on August 6, 2012:
I shall miss him very much at the hospital. I trusted his care and admired his genuine concern for his patients. May the Lord and His Word give comfort, peace and courage. Isa 61:3 He give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garments of praise for the spirit of heavy heartedness.... excerpt-- Even the Lord shed Tears You do not grieve alone, others grieve with you. The harbor the same fears. You do not cry alone, others cry with you. Even the Lord shed tears. Leslie Riner
Bob Kitts left a message on August 5, 2012:
Dear Ileta and family, The void left by Ernie's passing will never be filled.When times become too empty, fill that void with the wonderful memories you have of him. His spirit will be an encouragement to you. Much Love, Bob Kitts
Robert Barber left a message on August 3, 2012:
So sorry for your loss and that we could not be there for the visitation. he will be missed. you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
von perkins left a message on August 3, 2012:
Dear Ileta and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Ernies death, and I want you to know my heart is with you and family. Not only was Ernie my Doctor I counted him as a friend and will be missed. I hope soon the pain will pass and only the good times will be remembered. Von and Mickey
Glenda Calhoun left a message on August 2, 2012:
Prayers of comfort for the family.
Sarabeth Parker Ringle left a message on August 2, 2012:
Ileta, I am so sorry about Ernie's death. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugh thought so highly of Ernie and admired him so much.
Phyllis Brode left a message on August 2, 2012:
Ernie touched so many lives and truly used his gifts for the good of others. I am so thankful for the time I was able to learn from him and work with him. I am a better nurse as a result of his instruction and oversight. God bless you as you adjust to the loss of such a great man!
Karen G Land left a message on August 1, 2012:
I love you Ileta.
Debbie Belcheff Selvage left a message on August 1, 2012:
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sammy and Lisa Fontenot left a message on August 1, 2012:
Ileta and Family, Dr. Rutherford was a great mentor to so many of us in the dialysis field. I'm so honored and grateful to have had the chance to work for and with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Twala Hernandez left a message on August 1, 2012:
Dr. Rutherford was such a warm and genuine person and doctor. His patients loved him. He took wonderful care of my dad. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed at E.A. Conway by his patients and the staff. Twala Hernandez, RN
Ryan Teel left a message on August 1, 2012:
Dear Mrs. Rutherford and Family, I was so very saddened to hear of Dr. Ernie's passing. He holds a very special place in the hearts of my family. God worked through him back in 1989 and saved Wanda Teel's life, and we will forever be indebted to him. There was never a doubt in our minds that if Dr. Ernie had not agreed to take over her case, I would not have my Mama here today. I know she loves him like family and has faithfully kept in touch with him for the past 23 years. How do you re-pay someone who saved your life? I hope in some small way that the outpouring of love will help ease your pain and bring a proud smile to your faces. As he was an angel here on earth, he is now an angel in Heaven. God Bless Dr. Ernie and your entire family. Much love...... Ryan Teel
Beckie Wylie left a message on August 1, 2012:
I will always remember Dr. Rutherford and his alter ego Dr. Lee fondly. He used to always keep us laughing with his jokes. I knew him from SFMC and also through my sister, Jan Drewry, who worked with him, Dr. Blondin and Dr. Harter for several years. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family.
Gene Jennings left a message on August 1, 2012:
Ernie will be missed by all, my heart goes out to the family. He was one of the most caring person I have known.
Susan G. Vinson left a message on August 1, 2012:
Our city and surrounding region lost a great physician and teacher, along with the most brilliant, kind, and compassionate person I have ever known. I am reminded though of the words of my granddaughter,that: "He's in a place so great we can't even imagine." I am so very grateful that Ernie was my No. 1 doctor, my advisor, and my friend. I trusted him completely! There are no words to express the deep and heartfelt sympathy I feel for Ileta, Phillipa, Jason, and the rest of his very special family.
Mel & Becky McNeely left a message on August 1, 2012:
So sorry for your loss Ileta. At least he was active and didn't die a vegatable. Mel & Becky
Carolyn Glover Chatham left a message on August 1, 2012:
My Father was one of Dr. Rutherford's first dialysis patients when the clinic was opened in Monroe. My father always spoke very highly Dr. Rutherford and admired him very much. I believe with Dr Rutherford along with Dr. Harter enabled my father to live a longer and better life. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with so many people in this area and making their lives better. He was a compassionate and caring man. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Carolyn Wilson left a message on August 1, 2012:
Ileta, I will be traveling and unable to attend the services for your husband. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You will be in our prayers.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Shirley Janes McAlpin left a message on August 1, 2012:
For the Rutherford Family ,I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one.He was one of the most caring and kind doctor to everyone and espically his patients.My mother and daddy truly loved him and we all have a special place in our hearts for him.He will be missed by his patients and the medical world. May god give you comfort during this sad time. Shirley Janes McAlpin
Karen Clark left a message on August 1, 2012:
I worked with Dr. Rutherford at NMH in the late 1980's and now at EACH. He has always been nice, respectful and thoughtful. He will be missed by many.
Diane Cramer Thompson left a message on August 1, 2012:
We are keeping your family in our prayers. So many old memories have been flooding back since I heard of this tragedy.
Pat Scalia left a message on August 1, 2012:
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are offered to the Rutherford Family. Those close to our Family remember that my Brother, Steve32, passed away in 1988 from complications with diabetes. The last 2 years of his life he had to undergo dialysis, and was under the treatment of Dr. Rutherford. My Family will be forever grateful for the care and compassion Dr. Rutherford conveyed during those difficult times. - Pat Scalia, Broken Arrow, OK
Jacqueline Duncan Richmond left a message on August 1, 2012:
An all-around good guy--student, athlete, friend AND a good dancer! To Ernie, thanks for all the good memories. Jacqueline
DNette Wood left a message on August 1, 2012:
Uncle Ernie was also a very funny guy! Looking at Ernie's online photo you too will remember his jovial side. A great doctor, a mentor and a comedian - he'll be missed.
Rita Montesi left a message on August 1, 2012:
I only met Ernie and Ileta for the first time a few months ago, but had heard about them for years from my friend of 20 years who was fortunate enough to have them as his close friends. Upon meeting them it was like we had known each other for ever! Ernie was so charming and funny! Ileta obviously still in love with him after all those years and still laughing at his jokes, which I know she had probably heard a hundred times! What a treasure and a blessing! Tragically taken way too soon, but never, never forgotten. He will remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him! He will be missed by many! What more can any of us hope for than to be missed when we are gone!
Linda Janes Summarell left a message on July 31, 2012:
To the Family of Dr. Rutherford, Dr. Rutherford was my Mother and Daddy's doctor. They both thought so much of him as did we all. He was a very compassionate, caring person. He seemed to be so much more than your doctor. He came to the hospital to see my Mother about 2 days before she passed away. When he came out of ICU he had tears in his eyes and told us she was one of his favorite patients. He stated she did everything he told her to do concerning her health and she was the first of his patients who had truly listened to him. He was our Daddy's doctor for several years afterward. We always enjoyed taking our Daddy to see Dr. Rutherford,since he always had his wonderful smile and there was never any doubt he truly cared about his patients. I am sorry for the loss of your very special husband, Dad, brother, and Uncle. The medical community has lost a great doctor and the world has lost a wonderful man. He was a courageous man. Linda Janes Summarell
Yvetta Mazzanti left a message on July 31, 2012:
My prayers are with you Dr. Rutherford in your journey. All of your patients and the employees here at the hospital will miss you very much. God bless you and your family.
Sandy Mask left a message on July 31, 2012:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know this leaves a hole in your heart that will never be filled.
Mark Battistone left a message on July 31, 2012:
Ileta, So sorry to hear about your loss. Ernie was quite a guy! Our prayers and thoughts are with you now and forever. Sincerely, Mark Battistone & Family.
Sam Charrier left a message on July 31, 2012:
Dear Mrs Ileta & Family, Dr Rutherford was an extrordinary man. I worked with him as a nurse at E.A. Conway. Not only did he correct my Dads htn that no other MDs could but he also performed wonders with my father in law James Holyfield who was probably the last pt he saw in Start last Friday evening. He always treated his patients the way his mother taught him. He always told them "You are the boss". I know as soon as she saw him, she told him how proud she was of him because he was the BEST! I will miss him greatly. I will continue to keep your family lifted up in prayer until we see him again. Love, Sam Charrier & family
Marcie & Darryl Akiona left a message on July 31, 2012:
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Dr. Rutherford. He was not only my employer for 15 years, but he was my physician when I required back surgery, and, above all, a dear friend. He believed in 'hugs' and his were always warm and meaningful. He impacted my life so profoundly that I will always remember him fondly. Our loss is heaven's gain. Our prayers and love are with you Ileta, Phillip, and Jason.
Dixie McCoy Cureington left a message on July 31, 2012:
Our family is devastated over the loss of your loved one. He has treated our family since he began his practice. My dad Billy McCoy was a patient of his as most of my family. He and my dad had a special bond. My Mom is crying everyday because she says she feels like she has lost one of her children. God bless all of you and know that he made a wonderful impression on so many people. Love to family
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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