Jeffrey “Jeff” D. Rathbun, 52 of Hulett, Wyoming, died Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance.
Funeral services were Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett. Burial was at Moore Hill Cemetery near Hulett.
Jeff was born November 7, 1959, to Harley and Shirley (Proctor) Rathbun in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He attended country school at New Haven. He participated in rodeo and wrestling in high school, graduating from Hulett High School in 1978. Jeff then attended Laramie County Community College and graduated from the Equine Program. He moved to Southern California, where he trained race horses for D. Wayne Lucas and trained “Winning Colors”, who won the Kentucky Derby. He later moved to Idaho, where he continued to train horses. Jeff returned to Hulett, where he enjoyed hunting, attending auctions, collecting antiques and visiting with family and friends. Jeff would lend a hand to whoever would need it. He will be missed by his family.
Grateful to have shared in his life are his sister, Jolene (Jim) Henderson of Douglas, Wyoming; his nephew, Shane (Bridget) Stinson and their family, Dawson, T.K. and Sadie of Douglas; nieces, Shaunna (Jeremiah) Owens and their family, Brody and Ally of Laramie, Wyoming, and Ashley Henderson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and too many friends to count.
Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Mutt Proctor and Art and Myrtle Rathbun; his parents, Harley and Shirley Rathbun; and his brother, Jerry Rathbun.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance, WY.