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Obituary - Donald E. Rathbone

Donald E. Rathbone died peacefully at Meadowlark Hills Manhattan, Kansas, April 11, 2023.

He lived a long 94 years, an incredible life after his birth January 22, 1929, in Havre, Montana. He was the son of Fay and Cora Rathbone, who resided in nearby Harlem. Don will be remembered as an athlete, scholar, and influencer of the engineering profession, not only as Dean of Engineering at Kansas State University (K-State) but, nationally and internationally. His influence was significant and what follows is an overview of a life well lived.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynne; his parents, and three siblings: Wallace (Laura), Kenneth (Mary Ann) and Lois Rathbone.

He is survived by his daughter Lynda Rathbone who currently resides in Ibiza, Spain, as well as nieces, Teri Rathbone, Carol Waagmeester, Patty Lamb, Joanne Clyde, and Susan McFarlane.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 19th, at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St. Manhattan, KS 66502, with the Rev. Jason Pittman officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for family & friends through the funeral home website at https://www.ymlfuneralhome.com .

Memorial contributions may be made to the Engineer's Foundation of Kansas (EFK) or the Rathbone Scholarship Funds at the Kansas State University Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

 

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