Iven Rathbone (1927 - 2018)

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Iven J. Rathbone, age 90, a long-time resident of Carroll County for twenty -eight years, died on January 25, 2018 at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas and was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born in Clyde, North Carolina on February 23, 1927 and spent his youth hunting and fishing in Western North Carolina. During Post WW II, Iven enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served two years outside of Shanghai, China. After the service, Iven relocated to Baltimore, Maryland and briefly worked for the Shell Oil Company. During the 1950s,Iven received his bachelor's degree in education from Towson State Teachers College (now Towson University) and his master's degree in school administration from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). For 35 years, Iven served as a teacher and as a school administrator for Baltimore County Public Schools System (BCPS). At one time, Iven served as the president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO). Under his leadership, Iven helped craft a substantial retirement plan for the Association's teachers. Both Iven and his wife, Suzie were lifelong proponents of education, at all levels; for five consecutive summers from 2003 through 2008, Iven both mentored and tutored a young Chinese man in English proficiency while his wife instructed Chinese graduate students who were acquiring their master's degrees in school administration from Towson University. In 1979, the couple planted their roots in Carroll County and purchased a farm located in the rolling hills of Silver Run. From 1979 until 2006, Iven grew crops and raised Limousin cattle on their two hundred year old, restored "Dutterer" farm while his wife, Suzie taught Carroll County teachers graduate courses at Winters Mill Hill School for Towson University. During this time, Iven was appointed by Maryland's governor to serve as the consumer member on the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Board. With Maryland's veterinarians, Iven served a 10 year period and was also elected as the Board's vice-president. He also was a Littlestown, Pennsylvania Rotary Club member and was a Masonic brother with the Sharon Lodge #182 in Reisterstown, Maryland. The Rathbones' true passion also began in 1979 when the couple began breeding and training English Labrador retrievers outside of Westminster, Maryland where they both acquired numerous lifelong friends who began as their Labrador clientele. This love of raising Labradors continued when Iven and Suzie relocated their home and their small kennel to the "Texas Hill Country" of Bandera placing them close proximity to their children and three growing grandchildren. Iven was especially known as a great storyteller, lighting up gatherings - especially with "real life" tales from his Lab experiences. Admired for his strength in character, he was loved and respected by his Labrador clientele. Iven was preceded in death by five siblings. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, A. Sue Rathbone; his sister, Mable Louise Justice; his sister-in-law, Jacqueline Rathbone; his two children from a previous marriage include Jonathan Reed Rathbone (Heather) and Katherine R. Butler who preceded him in death in 2016; A. Sue Rathbone's children include Dr. Lou Anne Wellford (Dr. A. Landon Wellford); James E. Plumhoff III (Sara). Grandchildren include Royce Rathbone, Alex Wellford, Jessica Wellford, Elizabeth Wellford, Danner Plumhoff and Will Plumhoff. He leaves a host of great- nephews and great-nieces and two special nephews, D. Keith Rathbone and C. Stanley Rathbone. A memorial service will be held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church (Bandera, Texas) on Saturday, February 10, 2018 followed by a "Celebration of Life" event. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: Guiding Eyes for the Blind or GuidingEyes.org.



Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 4, 2018
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