In Memory of




Obituary for William Parker Rathfon

The Honorable William Parker Rathfon, 91, formerly of Hummelstown passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, in Messiah Village with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

Born in Harrisburg on September 30, 1927, he was the son of the late Christian A. and Bessie Fasnacht Rathfon.

Judge Rathfon was a man of service. He served as a Magisterial District Justice for the 12-3-04 District for 24 years, and as a Judge at the Dauphin County Prison for 6 years. A patriotic man Bill proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy in World War II. In his community, he served on the Hummelstown Borough Council for 10 years, and then as the town’s Mayor for 6 years. As a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hummelstown, Bill served on the Church Council for 10 years.
Prior to his service on the bench Bill had worked for the former George Fromm Dairy. He was a 1945 graduate of the former Hummelstown High School.

Bill was also a member of the American Legion Post 265, Hummelstown, the Hershey Italian Lodge, the Breakfast Club, Brownstone Lodge #666 F&AM, and Harrisburg Consistory; and was a former member of the Hummelstown Rotary Club. He was an avid Penn State football fan; and an animal lover.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Gloria A. Van Winkle Rathfon, whom he married on September 30, 1950; a daughter, Susan K. Coble wife of Thomas of Middletown; two grandchildren, Dr. Jared Coble husband of Dr. Cali Peters of Mechanicsburg, and Jourdan Thomsen wife of David of Hummelstown; two great grandchildren, Clara Coble and Susannah Coble; and his beloved dog, Sweetie..

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Marguarite Leibfried, Iola Rathfon, Melba Shultz and Frances Rathfon; and two brothers, Charles Rathfon and Louis Rathfon.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019, at 3:00 PM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. Ursula E. Schreffler. A time to visit with the family will be held on Friday in the funeral home from 2:00 PM until time of the service. Military honors will be offered following the service at the funeral home. A private inurnment will be held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Castaway Critters, PO Box 1421, Harrisburg, PA 17105; or to PA Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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