Ronald D. Rathbone, 75, of Readlyn, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Unity-Point Allen Hospital in Waterloo from complications of pneumonia.
Ron was born on April 21, 1943, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Albert and Ruth (Schrader) Rathbone. He was baptized in Waterloo and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sumner. He attended country school at LeRoy #1 near Fredericksburg and graduated from Sumner High School in 1961. Ron was united in marriage to Ruth Clara Bast on October 6, 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Readlyn. Ron received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Upper Iowa in Fayette in 1990. He worked as an assistant manager at Cram’s Jack and Jill in Waverly; at Carnation Dairy from 1968-1972; farmed from 1973-1998; and at Rockwell Automation in Sumner. He retired in January of 2003, as a crop adjuster with Dawson Hail. Ron and Ruth moved to Readlyn in 2008.
Ron enjoyed computers, woodworking, reading, and music. His favorite musician was Shania Twain. He especially enjoyed his time with his grandchildren and was faithful in attending their activities.
Ron is survived by his wife, Ruth Rathbone of Readlyn; a son, Todd (Christine) Rathbone of Readlyn; a daughter, Beth (Brian) Weepie of Fairbank; and a son, Dr. Christopher (Nahir) Rathbone of San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren, Jordan Rathbone, Taylor Rathbone, Brandon Rathbone, B.J. Weepie, Ben Weepie, Brady Weepie, Caleb Rathbone and Claudia Rathbone; and a brother, Gary (Lynette) Rathbone of New Hampton. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church in Readlyn with Pastor Jean Rabary officiating. Private burial will be held in Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn and also for one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn is assisting the family. 319-279-3551
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