February 18, 1919 – May 23, 2014
Longtime Basin resident Floyd A. Rathbun, age 95, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Floyd was born February 18, 1919 in Fairbury, Nebraska, the son of Edith (Showalter) Rathbun and Arthur Rathbun. He received his schooling in Manville, Wyoming and graduated from Manville High School.
Floyd was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army from November 1942 through January 1946 in Burma, India and China.
Upon returning home, he became a heavy equipment operator starting out with his brother-in-law, Shorty Lamb of Lamb Construction. Later he moved on to work for Peter Kiewit Construction for many years. He was then hired on with Gordon Sykes moving his family from Saratoga, Wyoming to Basin, Wyoming in June of 1976. Floyd ended his career working for Ralph Wortham, retiring in 1984.
Floyd married Deb Popham in Rawlins, Wyoming on September 5, 1973.
In his retirement years Floyd enjoyed spending his time fishing, trapping, and following his local grandchildren’s (Bree and Cade Dooley) extracurricular activities. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting antelope, whitetail deer, moose, bighorn sheep, and most of all, elk. Floyd had a fondness for the outdoors and enjoyed nothing more than spending time outside with family and friends.
Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edith Rathbun and his sisters, Leila Gladson and Margaret Lamb.
He is survived by his wife, Deb Rathbun of Basin, Wyoming; his son, Kenneth (Caroline) Rathbun of Omaha, Arkansas; his daughters, Lavon (Jack) Dobbs of Manville, Wyoming, Crystal (Joe) Feeley of Gillette, Wyoming and Kandice (Chris) Dooley of Shell, Wyoming; 9 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.
Per Floyd’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and the family will hold private services at a later date.
Memorials in Floyd’s name will be received at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410-0531 and will benefit the Paintrock FFA.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.