Scott Stephen Rathman

Scott Stephen Rathman

Father Scott was born July 14, 1936, in Billings, Montana, to Dr. Omer and Alma Rathman. He attended the University of Montana, and later served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He received his BA in history at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Scott taught elementary school in California before attending Episcopal Divinity School and receiving his Master of Divinity. He was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood and served parishes in Montana, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa and Alaska before retiring to Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2004. Fr. Scott is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diane, sons; Scott M. (Debbie), and David (Crystal), son-in-law; Christian Bradley, grandchildren; Mykael, Scott H. (Tiffany), Daniel (Steffany), Tina Flott (Zachary), Sophia, Cody, Kaitlyn, Jacob and Beau, great grandchildren; Evelyn and Amelia, brother; Frank (Marilyn) niece; Susan (Mike) Stempel. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister; Mary, son; Stephen Phillips and daughter; Kristen Rathman Bradley. Scott enjoyed life as a parish priest, especially weddings and baptisms, cherishing the memories of 47 years of ministry. He touched many lives in every community he served. The years spent in Alaska were a special time for him, and he has considered himself a true Alaskan soul. His last years have been spent in the company of his beloved family, church and dear friends; Betty, Carol, Barb Jacki, Rich and Mollie. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 6-8 at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home. The funeral service is 11:00 am on Wednesday at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 22 Dillman Drive, in Council Bluffs with the Rev. Canon Glenn Rankin as officiant. His ashes will be interred at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Pauls Episcopal Church or the Hospice with Heart.
July 14, 1936 - June 27, 201407/14/193606/27/2014
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September 7, 2016
40 years ago on August 17th Father Scott presided over our wedding in Broken Bow, Nebraska. We were both college students at the time and had not spent much time back in our home town prior to the wedding. We appreciated his guidance and ability to roll with the varied... Continue Reading
Shawn Rathman-Stuhr
September 7, 2016
My memory of Fr Scott is that he was always so humble and served The Lord in that way. He was so easy to give thoughtful advise and love to the people in his life. His smile and laugh was contagious and had a simple way of making people feel at ease around him. I know m... Continue Reading
Fr Paul Smith
September 7, 2016
Scott and his family were very kind to allow a new priest to Alaska to come and visit with them for a couple of days. He was very gracious and wonderful to talk with on almost any subject. Plus he had a wonderful sense of humor. May he rest in peace after a long and fr... Continue Reading
Nancy (Webber)England
September 7, 2016
To the family of Father Rathman, Praying that our Lord, who loves you so dearly will speak blessings and comfort to your heart in the coming days. With Deepest Sympathy Nancy (Webber) England.
Susan (Rathman) Stempel
September 7, 2016
Both Scott Rathman and my father Frank Rathman were raised on certain literature. It was the poetry and stories of Robert Louis Stevenson for one. Recently I watched the movie version of Kidnapped where a haughty rich boy falls overboard and is rescued by a fishing boa... Continue Reading