Winston Dee Rhatigan
”1954 - 2011”
"Do not grieve. Misfortunes will happen to the wisest and best of men. Death will come, always out of season. It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all nations and people must obey. What is past and what cannot be prevented should not be grieved for misfortunes do not flourish particularly in our lives
- they grow everywhere."
Winston Dee Rhatigan,
56, Seneca, MO, passed into eternal rest at 5:15 PM, Saturday, January 8, 2011 at his home in rural Seneca after an illness.
Winston Dee Rhatigan was born April 1, 1954 in Joplin, MO the son of Joe Winston and Mary Ann (Yost) Rhatigan. Winston graduated from Seneca High School in 1972. He was an Army Veteran and had worked as a Supervisor of the Eagle Picher Plant in Seneca. Winston also had worked for Pillsbury in Joplin. He coached pewee football, little league baseball, basketball, softball and boxing for many years. Winston was a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and a member of Swars Prairie Baptist Church.
Winston married Jerry Sue Hayes February 28, 1981 in Miami, OK and she survives.
Additional survivors include two sons; Joseph Rhatigan and wife Kendra and Derek Rhatigan all of Seneca; Two daughters, Michelle VanWagner and husband Travis, Seneca and Shana Gilstrap and husband David, Neosho; four sisters, JoAnn Beckham and husband Ron, Nancy Dry and husband Jerry, Sandra Slaughter and husband Ed and Angie Galindo and husband Mitch all of Seneca; one brother, Travis Rhatigan and wife Stacy, Independence, KS; five grandchildren, Trent VanWagner, Amber VanWagner, Kameron Gilstrap, Dade Gilstrap, Phoenix Rhatigan and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 PM, Tuesday at the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, following visitation the body will be taken for cremation. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, at the Swars Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Evert Staib officiating. Travis Rhatigan will be providing the eulogy. Internment services will follow at the Swars Prairie Baptist Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Troy Dry, Ty Slaughter, Caleb Slaughter, Cade Galindo, Justin Skaggs, Kevin Clouse and Bryan Clouse.
The family will be at the Rhatigan home south of Seneca.
Resource: Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home website (Jan. 2011)
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