Stillwater News Press

March 26, 2013

William Marion Rathbun


Stillwater NewsPress

— William Marion Rathbun, 77, of Glencoe passed from this life at his home on Sunday, March 24, 2013.  He was born to John Rathbun and Jessie Buttram Rathbun in Glencoe on May 20, 1935.  He graduated from Glencoe High School in 1953, and attended college at Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1958 with a degree in animal husbandry.  He then worked many years for the United States Department of Agriculture in the cotton division. This took him to Dallas to work where he met Elizabeth Kauffman and shortly after they met they were married on June 12, 1965. After a few years in Texas, he decided to come back to Oklahoma with his wife, and in September 1970 they took over the grocery store in Glencoe which became Rathbun’s Grocery. Along with owning and running the grocery store, he had a working cattle farm.  Rathbun’s Grocery closed in 1988 and farming being true to his roots took over.

He loved Glencoe and was always striving to make it better. William was the Glencoe Fire Chief for several years before retiring, he also served on the Town Board for numerous years.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Glencoe and the Morning Lions Club in Stillwater.

  In his last years still enjoying his farm, he took on an adventure of building and remodeling houses.  He loved being able to put the work into them learning how to make them look beautiful.  He was always doing anything he could to help people out, even if it was playing Santa for the children in the community.       

 William loved spending time with the family fishing and working on the farm.  He loved taking his dog Beau for walks through the pasture.

William is survived by his wife of 47 years: Elizabeth Rathbun, Glencoe;  two children:  Darrell Rathbun and his wife, Sue, Glencoe,  and Cheryl Haney and her husband, Ray, Dunlap, Tenn.; four grandchildren: Melisa Johnston, Glencoe, Keith Winsett, Perry, Brandon Winsett and his wife, Dennise, Mutual,  Ray Davison, and his wife, Tara, Agra;  and 16 great-grandchildren. Plus a number of other relatives, and many friends.

William was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jessie Rathbun, and sister, Sue Shahan and her husband, John.

 Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Glencoe United Methodist Church, Glencoe, with the Rev. Ralph Wangler and Allen Mitchell officiating, under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee, Oklahoma.