LEROY GILES RATHBURN

Posted On May 29th, 2011 -

LEROY GILES RATHBURN

Lt. Commander, USNR (Retired) and retired Deputy Manager and Chief Engineer of the City & County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply died on April 30, 2011. A veteran of WWII and the Korean War. Born in Honolulu on August 18, 1923, he grew up in Kahuku where his grandfather managed Kahuku Ranch. A member of Kahuku High School’s second graduating class, he served as student body president, played on the football team and in the school band. On December 7, 1941, as a University of Hawaii freshman, he was conscripted into the Hawaii Territorial Guard. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and as a member of the V-12 Officers Training Program, attended the University of Redlands and Columbia University. At Columbia, he played the saxophone in the Midshipman’s Marching Band. He served on a minesweeper in the Pacific after being commissioned and, at the end of WWII, returned to the U or B; graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1949. In 1950, he was recalled to active duty; serving on the Hospital ship, USS Repose, in Pusan, Korea. Upon completion of naval duty, he returned to work at the Board of Water Supply until his retirement. He was an enthusiastic, golfer throughout his life; making two-holes-in-one while playing. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth H. Rathburn; daughter, Gaye, of California. His son, Roy A. Rathburn predeceased him. Other survivors include his brother, William B Rathburn; sister, Ione R. Ryan, nieces and nephews. Private
services held. Those wishing may donate to their preferred charity in Leroy’s memory.


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