Michael Rathbun, 54, brother of Spring Valley resident

Michael Rathbun

Michael John Rathbun, 54, died on Thursday, July 19, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer, with family by his side at his home in Plainview.

He was born on Feb. 26, 1964, in Rochester.

He graduated from Chosen Valley High School in Chatfield in 1982. He went on to further his education later in life at Winona State University with a degree in education and a master’s degree in mathematics from St. Cloud State University.

Early in his career, he taught high school mathematics in Kauai, Hawaii, Grand Meadow High School, John Marshall High School and Elgin-Millville High School. He then spent the last 12 years teaching inmates at the Minnesota Department of Corrections in St. Cloud and Faribault.

He was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the last 28 years.

He centered his life around his family, his fellow “friends of Bill” and being Papa. He enjoyed riding a motorcycle, going to auctions, working on anything mechanical, especially old trucks, and playing Texas Hold’em. He could most often be found in the summer riding a lawn mower and taking care of the farms of his dear friends, Ollie and Bru.

He is survived by his wife, Bridget; stepdaughters, Stephanie (Andy) Barnes and Melissa (Terry) Krusmark; four grandchildren, Julia, Miles, Brynn and Kennedy, all of Plainview and seven siblings, Joan Lex of Spring Valley, Robert (Alita) Rathbun of Elkton, S.D., Chuck (Audrey) Rathbun of Rochester, Steven (Vicki) Rathbun of Rochester, Cyrilla (Michael) Trende of Preston, Christine Rathbun of Spring Valley and Julia (Ron) Harris of Stewartville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyril R. and Rosella Rathbun; brother, Victor Eugene Riddle and brother-in-law, Loren Lex.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Plainview with the Rev. John Curtiss officiating.

In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials.