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509-758-2556
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Obituary for Bernard Rathbun

Bernard A. Rathbun left on a permanent fishing trip in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 3, 2018.

A native of Moscow, Bernie was born May 13, 1940, to Arthur and Eva Rathbun. After serving a term in the U.S. Army out of high school and being stationed in Orléans, France, Bernie returned to Moscow and met the love of his life, Susan Cheevers Rathbun, in 1963. He began a 35-year career at the Moscow post office and made several fans of his customers. Until his death, people would recognize him around town as the warm and friendly post office man, which is a small nod to the incredible impact he had on everyone he met. Bernie thoroughly enjoyed perusing thrift stores and the classified ads for a good deal, going on long drives and Monday morning coffee with his longtime buddies, among other activities.

Bernie was known to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, and instilled this in his two children, who were the lights of his life. He leaves behind son Jeff (Juli) Rathbun of Garfield and daughter Jaclyn (Gary) Fish of Coeur d'Alene, in addition to cherished grandchildren Ryan (Jessika), Andrew, Christina, Cheyenne and Devin. He also will be forever in the hearts of his dear brothers, Gordon (Ruth) and Martin (Eileen) and loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Eva, brother Larry and beloved wife Susan.

Bernie was one of a kind, and the memories he leaves behind continue to comfort all who were touched by his humility, sincerity and kindness. Words can't describe how much you are still loved, Bernie. We will forever miss you and promise to carry on the spark in those beautiful blue eyes.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 30 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1036 W. A St., Moscow, followed by a celebration of life at his home immediately after.

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