Robert M. Rutherford

Robert M. Rutherford, 61, of League City, passed away February 28, 2024, at his home.  Robert was born March 29, 1962 to Claribel and Gene Rutherford in Dallas Texas.  He supported his family as a plant operator for DOW chemical for many years. Robert will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Gary Rutherford.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 34 years Lee Renee Rutherford; daughters Marinda Haberer, and Chelsea Rutherford; sons Mark Copeland and wife Clarissa, Cody Copeland and wife Kathryn, and Caleb Rutherford; brothers Rick Rutherford and wife Mary, and David Rutherford and wife Susan; grandchildren Jonathan Haberer, Nyah Haberer, Jacob Haberer, Addison Copeland, Cadence Copeland, Kalian Copeland, Uriel Copeland, Eli Kight and Emmit Kight; and numerous other family members and friends.

In his honor there will be a graveside service 10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Dickinson, TX and a celebration of his life at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the Kemah Elks Lodge 623 Hanson Rd. Kemah Tx 77565

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Mark Copeland, Cody Copeland, Jacob Haberer, Rick Rutherford, Bobby Griffin, and Jonathan Haberer.


If Tomorrow Starts Without Me

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,

If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me;

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,

While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you

And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.

He said my place was ready, in heaven far above

And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye.

For all my life I’d always thought, I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do.

It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad.

I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,

I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized that this could never be,

For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.

When I thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow

I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow. When I walked through heavens gates I felt so much at home.

God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”

Today your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last

And since each day is the same there’s no longing for the past. You have been so faithful so trusting and so true.

Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.

You have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.

So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts with out me don’t think we’re far apart, For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.


  1. So sorry for your loss. I’ve been praying for Robert & Renee over the years since we were Nassau Bay neighbors and will continue to pray for your family.

    Dan Young

    Dan Young
  2. I am so sad for my dear sweet sister and her wonderful family that it was time for Robert to join family in Heaven, He made Renee laugh, he made Renee smile, heck he even made her clinch her fist at times too but they always ended up smiling 🙂 Our awesome sweet Sister Renee has always been such a bubbly and fun person as far back as I can remember, and she always felt so complete with Robert, they sure were some crafty little fellers when they were together they could make any dad bern anything!! I know this time is so hard for all of you right now but he does not feel pain anymore and he is with his family and our family in Heaven now, I love you all and I am so sorry your hearts are hurting right now. God bless and RIP Robert.

    Lil Bruddah “Pat”
  3. I had the opportunity to cross paths with Mr. Rutherford while assisting him during his clinic visits at work. He was genuinely nice and cordial always no matter how hard things would get for him. It was a pleasure to have assisted him and Ms. Renee during some of the challenging times of life. I will always remember his smile and as being part of our Dow family. Our deepest condolences to his wife and the rest of his wonderful family.

    Rosa Solares

    Rosa Solares
  4. Robert, my best buddy from our Jr High days.

    Every morning I walked to your house so we could catch the bus together. After school we would make sandwiches in your kitchen. Gary and I would “jam” with his guitar and my drums.

    We created many memories that we will recall together when we meet someday in the presence of the Lord.

    Rest in comfort and peace, my friend.

    Wayne Whitworth

    Wayne Whitworth

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