One of the greatest drivers in history is 83 years old, and while eating sour cream chicken enchiladas at the Fort Worth restaurant in Fort Worth, no one here knows that this man has won Indianapolis 500 times three times.
Little did they know that Johnny Rutherford, along with AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears, Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, and others, built in America. motor sports.
One business day at 1:30 p.m., in the midst of a business lunch crowd, Lone Star JR is an anonymous sponsor who accidentally leads an extraordinary life that could not avoid ordinary problems.
“I had a good life,” he says, “except to lose Betty.”
For more than 50 years, John O’Neill և Betty Rutherford were inseparable until he fell into disarray and died in 2019.
Rutherford, who graduated from North Side High School, is not much different from many seniors who have only lived in the last year. This has been a difficult year for everyone, especially the lonely elderly.
“Glory to God on television,” he said.
He is sharp, և his memory can separate fragments from his career when he was known as Lone Star JR. He will be taking part in some of the campaign races as Indy arrives in Fendi Worth this weekend. He then plans to travel to Indianapolis in May to watch the Indy 500 as a guest on his former McLaren racing team.
But living alone in his 6,000-square-foot home, two acres near the old Karswell Air Base, can be lonely.
John Oni met Betty in May 1963. She was either a nurse who could probably become a doctor.
When they found out that John Oni was not married, they started dating. A little over two months later, on July 7, 1963, they were married.
“It really was love at first sight,” he said.
For more than 50 years, both were the embodiment of a strong married couple. He raced, worked with Rutherford, saving time and scoring goals.
He raised their two children and cared for their home on the west side of Fort Worth.
It was not until he disappeared that it struck John Ony.
“I understood what he did for me,” he said. “He put pressure on me, let me do what I had to do for the race, and finally be successful.”
When Rutherford left the competition in 1994, he did so knowing full well. So that there is no retirement.
“He always said to me, ‘If you ever retire, you will not go back,'” John Oni said. “I’m sure he would break me somewhere.”
The couple lived a beautiful retirement until about six years ago when Ny On noticed that something was wrong.
He wasn’t sure it was dementia, but he knew Betty had something.
“He was sitting in the hole of the house, asking me, ‘What happened to the four men sitting there?’ He said. “I told her, ‘I did not see them while they were there.’ There was no one there.
“In that case, we can argue about the house. He would say. “This is not my house. I have another house. ” I think it was a great fact that he had to work so hard to keep it going. ”
As Betty’s condition worsened, and her memory diminished, John On knew he had no choice.
His wife երիտասարդ the young woman who became his life partner was not going there. He could not get everything he needed to care for someone in the state, so he fraudulently transferred him to an institution equipped for that purpose.
“He was only there for two or three days, he stopped me when I was leaving,” he said. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘What am I doing here?’ It broke my heart. ”
Betty Rutherford lived in the Memory Care Center for three years, and the family celebrated holidays and birthdays together.
John On saw his wife every day, but as the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, Betty, he knew, was more and more there.
He paints the last five or six months of his life, he no longer knew his John Oni. The two children of the Uyghur were visiting their mother և she learned from her eyes that the family visits were not registered.
Because his body failed, he stayed with her in her room one day while she slept. After dark he went home.
He was home for an hour when he called the care center and urged him to return. When he arrived, Betty had no choice!
“It’s one of the things I always regret that I was not there to pass his hand on,” he said.
Betty died on January 20, 2019 at the age of 80.
John Oni is still living his life as long as he can. But emptiness is inevitable.
He has no plans to move out of their home. Her clothes are still in the closet.
He was there for his daughter when he had some rough moments, he regularly sees his family.
He follows the races and stays in touch with his friends, including A. J., who lives in Houston. Foyt հետ with Mario Andretti, a resident of Pennsylvania.
John oni Rutherford still has a great sense of humor մի some life experiences and stories. His goal is to bring it to 100.
He knows he did well, he knows Betty made it a little better.