Rathbun, Nolan

Written by David Green.

Nolan Lee Rathbun, 79, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., and Wauseon, Ohio, died, April 17, 2013, at HPH Hospice in Brooksville, Fla.

Nolan was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Morenci, Mich., the son of George E. and Lowella (Zilke) Rathbun. On May 7, 1977, he married Phyllis Lucas, and she survives.

Nolan served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a life member of the Wauseon VFW Post 7424, a life member of the Wauseon American Legion Post 265, and a member of the 40&8. Prior to his retirement he worked as an over-the-road truck driver.

In addition to his wife, Nolan is survived by two daughters, Chris (and Todd) Spurgeon of Wauseon and Dana (and Mike) Yagel of Napoleon; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Emily and Nathan; and two sisters, Carol Keefer of Morenci and Gert Downing of Wauseon.

He was preceded in death by his son, Nolan Corey Rathbun; brothers, George, Mike, Harold and Elwood Rathbun; and sisters, Peggy Youtzy and Ivagene Reckner.

Visitation is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon. The funeral service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to HPH Hospice of Brooksville, Fla., or Fulton County Veterans Services. 

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