Cyril R. Rathbun, 86, of Spring Valley, died Saturday 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 United States Navy serving in the Seabees during World War II. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

After his discharge, he returned to the area and was united in marriage to Rosella Mae Smith Riddle on May 19, 1947.

After their marriage 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, Robert (Alita) Rathbun of Huron, S.D., Cyril Charles (Audrey) Rathbun of Rochester, Steven (Vicki) Rathbun of Rochester, Cyrilla (Michael) Trende of Preston, Christine Fieck of Spring Valley, Julia (Ron) Harris of Stewartville and Michael (Bridget Eversman) of Pine Island; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; three great-great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren and one brother, Duwayne Rathbun of Brooksfield, Mo.

He was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Riddle; great-grandson, Mitchell Kujath; four brothers and three sisters.

Memorial services for him were held on Wednesday, June 4, at the American Legion Post #0164 in Stewartville, with the Rev. Cory Moss officiating.

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