Published On: Wed, Oct 1st, 2014

Obituary – Larry Dean Rathgeber

Rathgeber, Larry


COLERIDGE — Larry Dean Rathgeber, 58, Coleridge, died Sept. 25, 2014, at the Providence Medical Center, Wayne.

Visitation and a prayer service were Sept. 28 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, and continued one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Funeral Services were Sept. 29 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, with Rev. Debra Valentine officiating.

Burial was in Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Coleridge.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Joel Humpal, James Humpal, Jason Humpal, Justin Humpal, Tim Stamm, Chris Stamm, Ryan Stamm and Kyle Kocmick.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge, was in charge of arrangements.

Larry was born Jan. 23, 1956, in Coleridge, to Melvin LeRoy and Delores Minnie (Wiemers) Rathgeber. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge. He lived and farmed northwest of Coleridge all his life. He graduated from Coleridge High School in 1974 and married JoAnn Fish Sept. 25, 1976, at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Larry courageously battled through a long history of numerous illnesses. When illness made work and other activities difficult, he loved to watch Minnesota Twins baseball, Minnesota Vikings football and Nebraska football and volleyball. Larry loved life on the farm and being with his children and grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his wife, JoAnn Rathgeber, Coleridge; four children and their spouses, Mark and Andrea Rathgeber, Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Brett Rathgeber, Tyndall, S.D.; Laura and Kelly Marshall, Crofton; and Brandon Rathgeber, Coleridge; his mother, Delores Rathgeber, Coleridge; six grandchildren, Hunter and Hannah Lindula, Tyndall, S.D.; Amelia and Max Rathgeber, Tyndall, S.D.; Nathan and Aaron Rathgeber, Dakota Dunes, S.D.; a brother, Eugene Rathgeber, Tyndall, S.D.; four sisters and spouses, Lavon and Ed Humpal, Tabor, S.D.; Janet and Dennis Miller, Norfolk; Karen and Don Schulz, Coleridge; Nancy and Keith Kocmick, Gayville, S.D.; mother-in-law, Maxine Fish, Coleridge; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and spouses, Mary Lou and Richard Stamm, Columbus; Jim and Barb Fish, Coleridge; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Rathgeber; a brother, Donnie Rathgeber; grandparents, William and Emma Rathgeber, and Fred and Frieda Wiemers; and father-in-law, Wayne Fish.