Robert L. Rathbone

Robert L. Rathbone, 95, of Tripoli, died at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Family directed memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017, at   Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli with Rev. Marilyn Sargent and Bartels Lutheran Home Pastor, Rev. Sandra Burroughs officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.  Inurnment will be at a later date at Fremont Cemetery. Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli is assisting the family. 

Robert Lewis, son of Roy and Edith Flood Rathbone, was born September 27, 1921, at Allison, Iowa, and at a young age moved with his family to Sumner. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1940. He drove a grocery truck after high school.  On November 23, 1947, he was united in marriage with Jeannine Krueger at the First Congregational Church in Tripoli. The couple farmed near Frederika from 1948 to 1955, and then purchased their longtime farm home, south of Tripoli, where they lived, farmed, and raised their family until retiring in 1989, and moving into Tripoli. He also drove school bus for Tripoli Community Schools for twenty-three years, including to athletic events. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ in Tripoli where he served on the church council, and as a deacon and usher. He also served on a creamery board and enjoyed playing cards with friends and neighbors in a “500 club” for many years.

Bob is survived three children, Mary (Dean) Butterfield of Oelwein, Jane (Brendt) Bernard of Tripoli, and Rob Rathbone of Tripoli; nine grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and one sister, Patty Schedtler of Sumner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannine on September 24, 2005; his daughter, Kay Oltrogge on December 27, 2009; one brother, Albert; and five sisters, Lucille Jarchow, Betty Levey, Edith Nielsen, Mercedes Campbell, and Carol Bowers. 


Jean (Kerr) Miller on February 11, 2017 at 10:23 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Bob's death. He was such a kind man. I will miss his smile and gracious way about him.
My deepest sympathies .
He will be missed by all.
Jean Miller
Stacey Snyder on February 11, 2017 at 5:02 AM said:

What a pillar of our church community! Always with a friendly smile. Cherish the memories and find comfort in them.
Kim and Lois Kehe on February 8, 2017 at 5:29 PM said:

Jane and family....please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cherish all the good times and all the good memories.
Joel Schedtler on February 7, 2017 at 1:04 PM said:

What I will remember about my Uncle Bob is his smile, deep voice and sense of humor. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the times we spent with cousins on the Rathbone farm (riding ponies and swinging on a tall tree swing). He was a good man, a wonderful father and a great brother. My thoughts are with Rob, Jane, Mary and their extended families.
Kristina Ladage on February 7, 2017 at 9:18 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. He was the best bus driver ever!!!! I have a lot of fond memories of that part of my childhood. My sympathies to all of you.
Dawn & Kevin Holm on February 7, 2017 at 8:39 AM said:

Jane and all the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Loosing a parent is so hard and leaves an empty space in your heart. Keep all the great memories close to your heart today and always. Praying for peace to you all.
Mary Jane Shirley on February 7, 2017 at 5:18 AM said:

Dean & Mary, so sorry for your loss.
Roger & Beth Goudschaal on February 6, 2017 at 7:35 PM said:

We will miss this dear man...we loved caroling at his home during Christmas time.....our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors Brent & Jane, Rob and Mary and all of Bob's family. We imagine there is a loving reunion in heaven with Jeanine & Kay??
Doria Brown on February 6, 2017 at 6:50 PM said:

I so wish I could be there with y'all- I know how difficult this is. I will always remember Bob with a smile on his face and his deep kind voice. He will be missed by many and yet the beautiful memories and legacy lives on. May you find comfort in those memories that will be with us always.
Gary and Ev Boevers on February 6, 2017 at 4:09 PM said:

Our deepest sympathies to the family. Thoughts and prayers that your memories bring you comfort.
Ron_Orf on February 6, 2017 at 3:04 PM said:

Bob lived for 95 years, and never said or did a mean thing in his entire lifetime. What a great neighbor and human being. Everyone in Tripoli feels the loss.
Becky Dietz on February 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM said:

Bob was a very gracious and kind man. So many memories while growing up with cousins and being at their farm..sympathy and prayers to all of you.
Geri Kelsey Salisbury on February 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM said:

My sympathies to your family. Your dad and mom were good friends of my parents for years. He will be missed by many.
Hugs to you all.
Linda Skillen on February 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM said:

Our family will miss Bob's stories, humor, smile, and love. Mom thought about him even when her mind was going. She was so concerned that he was OK. It's comforting to know they're having a great reunion now.
Kim Fox on February 6, 2017 at 9:04 AM said:

Sending prayers to the family. Bob was a great guy. Have great memories of Bob and Jeanine from bus driving days.
Brad & Kim Bunce family on February 6, 2017 at 6:13 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Rita Fink Reusche on February 5, 2017 at 6:35 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time.
BARBARA PRIMUS SHAW on February 5, 2017 at 6:35 PM said:

Bus driver,board member at the creamery, one of my favorite neighbors. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Joe and Julie Schnieders on February 5, 2017 at 6:14 PM said:

Sorry to hear of your loss.
Norm and Sue Shinstine on February 5, 2017 at 5:49 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers for the family

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