Leon Rathbun - Terry MT
3/23/1942 - 11/14/2017
Leon Kent Rathbun, son of Loyal Vane and Pauline (Schoshke) Rathbun, of Beverly, Kansas, was raised in a rural community, he attended grade school and graduated from Beverly High School, Beverly, Kansas, in 1960.
During his high school years, he met a farm girl, Neva Jean Donley, from Lincoln, Kansas. He courted her for four years. Before his senior year at Kansas State University (K-State), Manhattan, Kansas, they were married on August 10, 1963, in the First Presbyterian Church, Salina, Kansas.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture in 1964 from K- State. Over a span of 15 years, he taught students in Delphos, Kansas, in Morland, Kansas, and 11 years in Oakley, Kansas. During this period of time their marriage was blessed with a son, Aaron Anthony, and two daughters, Amy Lenore and Aariss Arnelle.
In addition, while in Delphos, he was baptized into Christ and became a member of First Presbyterian Church.
From Oakley, following the death of his grandfather, he and his family moved back to the Beverly, Kansas, farm in 1979. Four years later, after experiencing sheep and lamb losses, and wheat losses from Spring freezes, they moved to Leoti, Kansas.
Life anew became a reality on their twentieth wedding anniversary. Leon worked at Kan-Sun Beef feedlot, owned in part by Gene Newman, a former resident of Garfield County Montana. Leon tested his own skills and discovered that what he had taught his students did indeed work. While there, he along with Neva, led Bible studies and provided pulpit supply to Presbyterian churches in that area. Nearing his eleven years with Kan-Sun Beef, he and Neva were sensing a call into ministry that would mean another move.
In the Fall of 1994, they moved to Austin, Texas, where they began their studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. They graduated earning their Master of Divinity degrees in 1998. Soon after, Leon was called to serve Community Presbyterian Church in Terry, Montana, and Hope Lutheran Church, in Fallon, Montana.
Leon was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament on September 20, 1998, at First Presbyterian Church, Tribune, Kansas.
Leon served the Presbytery of Yellowstone on the Committee on Ministry and on the Council, as well as, Moderator of the Presbytery for two years.
On June 1, 2013, Leon retired from his ministry call. He thoroughly enjoyed the ministry of both congregations here in Montana. He continued participating in the Eastern Clergy Cluster and attending the Saturday Morning Men’s breakfasts at the Terry church.
Leon also enjoyed playing pool with the “guys” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Prairie County Community Center in Terry.
Prior to his death, he was serving as President of the Prairie County Council on Aging and as Board President of the Dawson County Domestic Violence Program.
Leon enjoyed hunting antelope, deer and turkeys, and reloading shells. He appreciated the Solle’s for his hunting opportunities. He enjoyed playing Yahtzee with Neva in the eventides. Texting and talking with our children and grandchildren was great joy, especially, when he could no longer make the trips to their homes. He was pleased and proud of all of them.
Preceding him in death were his parents. Surviving are his Beloved wife, Neva, of the home; son, Aaron (JoAnn) and their children, Ryan James and Macee Helene Rathbun, Post, Texas; daughter, Amy and son, Garrett Rathbun, Pueblo, Colorado; daughter, Aariss (Thomas) Curren and their children, Christian Thomas and Kyle Davis Curren, and a stepdaughter Leah (Lance)
Curren Kilmer, Midwest City, Oklahoma; Aunt-in-law Gwendolyn Schoshke, Glendale, Kansas, and a host of cousins and friends.
Should friends desire, In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Leon Rathbun Memorial Fund, % Neva Rathbun, P.O.
Box 500, Terry, MT, 59349 or sent to Hall Funeral Home, Leon Rathbun Memorial Fund, 111 East Elm Street, Lincoln, Kansas, 67455.
A Memorial Service will also be held at the Hall Mortuary, Lincoln, Kansas, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 10:30 A.M.
Inurnment will be in the Hammer Cemetery, Lincoln, Kansas.