Marshall I. Rathbun 82 went to his heavenly home on October 3rd, 2019. Marshall passed away peacefully at his home. Marshall was born on November 9th, 1936 in Independence, Kansas to Roy I. Rathbun and Olive Oleene Rathbun (Orndorff ). He was the second child born to this union.
Marshall’s early years were spent in Independence and he attended area schools. His family moved to Enid, Oklahoma where he grew to manhood. He graduated from Enid High School in 1954. He served in the Oklahoma National Guard in the late 1950’s. Marshall was a gifted musician and he could play piano and several instruments. He was also gifted with a beautiful voice and was part of a quartet that traveled all over the country during his college years. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma and a born again Christian. He attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla. with a degree in Mathematics and masters in Math and Computer Science. Marshall’s career choice was teaching. He was an Educator in Computer Science. He last taught computer science at a college in the greater Kansas City area. Marshall was also a member of the Mensa society. He had a great sense of humor and wit. His laugh was as unique as he was.
He was united in marriage on June 5th, 1960 to Peggy S. Bullock. They later divorced.
On May 31st, 1975 he married the love of his life, Elizabeth Mae Foster Rathbun. She preceded him in death on June 28th, 2005. They enjoyed square dancing, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren whom they adored and were always their #1 focus.
Besides his beloved Elizabeth preceding him in death are his parents, a sister JoAnn O. Bush Holcomb, a step daughter Diana Maurer.
Survivors include Step son–in-law Larry Maurer from Ellicott City, Maryland step son Dale Foster from Phoenix, Az, daughter-in-law Gwen Morris from Olathe, Ks. Four grandchildren, Katrina Maurer from Ellicott City, Maryland, Amanda Maurer Conte and her husband from New York, NY, Jeremy Foster and wife Tracy from Kansas City, Mo and Jenna Foster of Kansas City and three great grandchildren. Three nieces Diana Barbee Hochhaus and her husband Larry of Tulsa, Ok, Linda Davis and her husband James of Parsons, Ks and Christina (Tina) Robinson and her husband Clark of Parsons, Ks. Numerous Grand nieces and nephews as well as Great grand Nieces and Nephews.
A very special Thanks goes out to Gwen Morris for her constant and continuous care of Marshall in his last years when his health began to fail. Marshall loved and appreciated her for all the care and love shown to him. He loved all his family very much each and every one of them.
He leaves us all with wonderful memories we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Great Nephew ,Grantsville ,Utah
Marshall was the brother of my grandmother, and I have heard a number of stories throughout my life about him. While we didn't get to spend nearly enough time with him, I know that he is well loved and will be greatly missed. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the rest of our family as we mourn his loss. May God bless and comfort the family during this difficult time.
Niece ,Parsons ,Kansas
My Uncle Marshall was a quiet,gentle man. Very intelligent and was an avid reader. He never stopped learning. He could tell you a wonderful story on just about anything. His laugh would fill you with joy. Myself and my two sisters have wonderful memories of him from the time we were very young when we visited our Grandad and Grandma's house. Marshall was still at home then. I will miss him very much as well as both of my sisters. he was our last link to my Mother's side of the family. I'm sure there is a big reunion in heaven, Mom, Marshall, Grandad,Grandma and his beloved Elizabeth. Marshall you will be forever in our hearts. Our condolences go out to the Foster family,Morris family and the Maurer family.