SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — Cyril R. Rathbun, 86, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Saturday, June 1, 2014, at the Grand Meadow Care Center in Grand Meadow.
Cyril Roy Rathbun was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Washington, Minn., to Perry and Minnie (Forrester) Rathbun. He attended school through the eighth grade and joined the Navy, serving in the Seabees during World War II.
He married Rosella Marie Smith Riddle on May 19, 1947. They farmed in the Spring Valley and Chatfield area. He also drove truck for OA Stocke of Rochester and for Kark Rendering until retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Stewartville American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rosella Rathbun of Grand Meadow, eight children, Joan (Loren) Lex of Spring Valley, Minn., Robert (Alita) Rathbun of Huron, Cyril Charles (Audrey) Rathbun of Rochester, Minn., Steven (Vicki) Rathbun of Rochester, Minn., Cyrilla (Michael) Trende of Preston, Minn., Christine Fieck of Spring Valley, Minn., Julia (Ron) Harris of Stewartville, Minn. and Michael (Bridget Eversman) of Pine Island, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild, three great-great-grandchildren; three step great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Duwayne Rathbun of Brooksfield, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eugene Riddle; one great-grandson; four brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services were held Wednesday at the American Legion Post 0164 in Stewartville, Minn.
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