|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1853|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1942|
From the Platte County, NE. web site:
The Columbus Daily Telegram, November [abt. 2], 1942
Death Comes To Former County Judge - John G. Ratterman, 89, Dies Unexpectedly; Funeral Wednesday
John G. Ratterman, 89, 1671 Twenty-eight avenue, former Platte county judge and long-time public office holder, merchant and school teacher, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his home.
Mr. Ratterman had been in relatively good health recently, managing to make trips downtown frequently. He had eaten dinner with the family earlier, and was carrying on a converation when he was stricken, death coming apparently at once. About two years ago he was gravely ill for several weeks and appeared near death at that time, but rallied.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bonaventure's church, Rev. J.J. Brogger, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Body was taken to the Gahan Funeral home and will be brought to the Ratterman home at 3 p.m. Tuesday, where it will lie in state until the hour of the service. Members of the Holy Name society, Knights of Columbus and friends of the family will say the rosary at the Ratterman home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He was born in Cincinnati, O., April 4, 1853. At the age of 2 he moved with his parents to Guttenberg, Ia., where he attended and was graduated from a Catholic school. At the age of 20 he attended a teachers' normal college at Milwaukee, where he took a special course in organ music.
After three years of college he was called to a parochial school at Menominee, near Hartington, where he both taught and played the church organ. Then followed about 13 years teaching, part of which was in rural Platte county schools.
In 1890, in company with his brother-in-law, I.W. Zavadil, Mr. Ratterman entered the hardware business in Wahoo, and later in Humphrey.
Mr. Ratterman was a candidate for county judge in 1895 but failed of election. In 1901, however, he was successful in his try for the same Platte county position, beginning a judgeship which lasted 16 years. He gave up the office Jan. 6, 1917.
About 1908 he was elected to the Columbus city board of education, a position which he held for 10 years, during four of which he was secretary of the board. Following his terms in the county judge's office he was precinct assessor in Columbus for eight years, and in 1930, was elected justice of the peace for Columbus. He held this position for 10 years, eventually retiring from active public service in 1940, at the age of 87.
Mr. Ratterman married Miss Mary Kuchta at Yankton, S.D., and to the union were born six children, Mrs. Mae White, San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Vern Evans, Council Bluffs, Ia., Miss Lucy Ratterman, Columbus, and Frank J. Ratterman, Omaha, and two children preceded him in death, Mrs. George H. Bender, on August 19, 1940, and John G. Ratterman, jr., in 1922, the latter as a result of disease contracted while serving in World War I. On May 25, 1909, he married Miss Catherine Cain at O'Neill, who, with his four children, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, survives.
Death of Mr. Ratterman brings to a close a long life of community activity. He was one of the charter members of Columbus council No. 938, Knights of Columbus, in 1905 and continued honorary membership to his death. In addition, he was a long time member of the Columbus Fourth Degree assembly of the Knights of Columbus, of which he was faithful navigator at his death. He was a devout member of St. Bonaventure's church, and organized the choir at St. Joseph's chapel (now the Legion-Auxiliary hall) when the building was used as a "downtown chapel" of St. Bonaventure's parish some year [sic] ago.
From his background of teaching school in his young manhood, Mr. Ratterman acquired a valuable acquaintanceship which served him well when he entered public life at the turn of the century.
Staunch democrat throughout his life, Mr. Ratterman served for several years as county chairman of the democratic central committee, and during the campaigns of William Jennings Bryan for president, he served as state president of the Bryan-for-President clubs. He was a meticulous saver of news clippings, and his library contains many valuable accounts of doings in the local community since his coming here.
Henry Rattermann (1825 - 1888)
Mariam Bernadinam Strueving Rattermann (1831 - 1908)
Mary A. Kuchata Ratterman (1856 - 1905)*
Cecelia A Ratterman Bender (1880 - 1940)*
Saint Bonaventure Cemetery
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