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 Venice Lyle Rathe

Venice Lyle Rathe

Birth
Readlyn, Bremer County, Iowa, USA
Death 1 Nov 2012 (aged 80)
Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Klinger, Bremer County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 100147106 · View Source
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son of Edward and Esther (Meyer) Rathe

Veteran of Korean War

Venice Lyle Rathe, age 80, of Readlyn, Iowa, died Thursday, November 1, 2012, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo from complications of cancer.

Venice was born on September 22, 1932, rural Readlyn, Iowa, the son of Edward and Esther (Meyer) Rathe. He baptized on October 16, 1932 and later confirmed on May 12, 1946 both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Klinger.

Venice was raised in rural Readlyn and graduated from the Readlyn High School in 1951. He entered the United States Army in February of 1954, and served in the Korean War and was later honorably discharged in December of 1955. On August 15, 1959, Venice was united in marriage to Eleanor Manbeck in Waterloo, Iowa.

The couple spent their life farming together on the family farm near Readlyn. Also during his life Venice worked at the Waverly Sales Company and for Meyer Pharmacy in Waverly until his health forced him to retire in 2012.

Venice was a member of Immanuel Lutheran church in Klinger, past member of the V.F.W., and a member of Bremer County Dairy Promoters. He enjoyed raising and training driving horses, gardening, fishing, visiting with people, working in his apple orchard and giving away the apples, however, what he enjoyed most was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Venice's memory is honored by: his wife Eleanor of Readlyn; his four children, Ellen (Jack) Burklund of Duluth, Minnesota, Carolyn (Dan) Campbell of Oxford, Nancy (Jeff) Folkmann of Denver, and Nathan (Michelle) Rathe of Lynchburg, Virginia; twelve grandchildren; and a sister, Ramona (Roy) Kramer of Shoreview, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Donald Rathe; and a sister, Verna Hesse.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church near Klinger with Pastor Roger Sterle officiating. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery with Readlyn American Legion giving honors. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 4, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn where the family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m.


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  • Created by: Lynn Schneider
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100147106
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Venice Lyle Rathe (22 Sep 1932–1 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100147106, citing Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Klinger, Bremer County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Lynn Schneider (contributor 46492409) .