Phillip Yale Rathbun

REED CITY — Phillip Yale Rathbun, 78, of Reed City, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on April 19, 1935, in Lansing, to Yale Rathbun and Alma Stickney, was raised in Lansing, and attended Lansing area schools. In 1952, he was married to Ruth Rappleyea at Ft. Campbell, Ky., who passed away on Feb. 5, 2013.

Phil worked as a pageboy for Michigan’s Governor Gerhard Mennen “Soapy” Williams in his youth before joining the United States Army, where he served honorably in the 82nd Airborne Division and as a military policeman.

In 1963, Phil and Ruth moved to the Reed City area where they raised a family of five girls. He was employed as a butcher with the A&P grocery store and also founded and operated the first ambulance service in Osceola County. He served the Reed City community in a variety of positions including: chief of police, volunteer firefighter, city manager, city councilman, mayor pro tem and community corrections officer.

He was a member of the Lou B. Winsor Lodge No. 363 F&AM, the former president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and a member of the Reed City United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Vicki Rathbun, of Florida, Karen (Daniel) Jackson, of Virginia, Patricia (Mark) Huff, of Paris, Linda (Brian Kohn) Rathbun, of Chase, and Lori Gondek, of Reed City; brother, Louis (Sandra) Rathbun, of Lansing; nephew, Craig Rathbun, of Lansing; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Rathbun’ parents, Yale and Alma Rathbun; brother, Robert Rathbun; and nephew, Todd Rathbun.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of the lives of Phillip and Ruth Rathbun at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Reed City, with the Rev. Kathy Cadarette officiating.