Rev. Lawrence C. Rabon, Jr.

December 9, 1947 - November 13, 2022
Rev. Lawrence C. Rabon, Jr.

The Rev. Lawrence C. Rabon, Jr., 74, of Hendersonville, NC, died Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC in the company of his family.

He was born in Kansas City, MO to Lawrence C. Rabon, Sr. and Eldora Rabon and was the eldest of three sons. He grew up in Kansas City, KS and graduated from Wyandotte High School. He went on to attend Baker University in Baldwin, KS and earned his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy in 1969. He attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He later received further theological training at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN and received his M.Div. in 1984. He was ordained on September 9, 1984 at Community Lutheran Church in South Burlington, VT where he served his Vicarage from 1982-83, and was called to be their Pastor from 1984 through 1999.  During his pastorate in Northern Vermont he helped plant Williamstown Lutheran Church in Williamstown, VT.  He served as Pastor at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Hendersonville, NC from 1999 until his retirement in 2014.  Following his retirement from full-time ministry, Rev. Rabon continued to use his preaching and teaching gifts at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School in Asheville, NC.

Rev. Rabon is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margo A. Rabon; his children, Christine Rabon Stuart (Rod) of Lubbock, TX, Briana Rabon Hastings (Dan) and Colby Rabon of Asheville, NC; five grandchildren, Lauren, Garrett and Cole Stuart, and Adelaide and Theodora Hastings; his brother Jack Rabon of Kansas City, KS and his nephew Sebastian Rabon of Chicago, IL.   Rev. Rabon was preceded in death by his parents and youngest brother, David.

Rev. Rabon was a doting grandfather and gifted storyteller with a memorable sense of humor.  He had a profound impact on his family and friends and on the many families he served. He enjoyed reading, playing the accordion, metal detecting, photography and spending time with his family.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life on Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Asheville, NC. A private interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School’s Music Program or Four Seasons Hospice.

Arrangements for Reverend Rabon are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home, 125 Orr’s Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792; 828.693.5220.

 

 


Memorial Service

Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:00 AM

Emmanuel Lutheran Church - Directions
51 Wilburn Place
Asheville, North Carolina 28806

828.252.1795

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  • November 16, 2022
    Janice and Larry Luby and family. says:
    We are saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. We are keeping Margo and the family in our prayers. He was not just the Pastor here at Community Lutheran Church, Vt but a friend and neighbor. Our children growing up were friends and went to school together. Watching our children growing up is one of our fond memories.

  • November 16, 2022
    Karen Ennis says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. My Father, Bob Schmelzinger, and Larry were together in ministry at the seminary. I have pictures of the kids were little our families were close during those early years. You all are in our prayers.

  • November 15, 2022
    Kevin, Allison & Lennox says:
    So sad to hear about your father, Brie. Deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you. ❤️

  • November 15, 2022
    Philip Diesing says:
    We are very grateful to the Lord for Pastor Rabon's time as our shepherd at Community Lutheran. He loved to laugh and pun with all of us. He blessed us in so many ways. I still remember very clearly when he visited our oldest daughter in the hospital when she was born (she's 30 years old now!). What a joyful time in our lives when he was our Pastor! Phil and Mary Diesing

  • November 15, 2022
    Michael & Julie Towe says:
    Margo, Christine, Brie, Colby & the entire Rabon family, Our deepest sympathy. We have such good memories of Larry. When we left the Catholic church, he was our first Lutheran pastor. Always smiling. Supportive. And, yes, such a good story-teller. He had the sweetest, most welcoming way about him ... like an old friend from day #1. We were better for knowing him & having him as our pastor. You are all in our prayers, at this time. May the Lord comfort your grief & strengthen you.