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 Martin Ingward Rathje

Martin Ingward Rathje

Butler County, Nebraska, USA
Death 27 Nov 2011 (aged 82)
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Surprise, Butler County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 81209228 · View Source
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Martin Ingward Rathje age 82 of Shelby, died Sunday November 27, 2011 at Bryan LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln. Martin, was born on August 9, 1929 to Ingward and Anna (Nuttleman) Rathje on the farm near Surprise, Nebraska.

Martin attended the Cottonwood rural school near Surprise and graduated from Surprise High School in 1947.

Martin farmed after high school until he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. On August 18, 1963 he married Zelma Todd at the Dover Federated Church in Dover, KS. Four children were born to this union. After Zelma's death in 1989, Martin married Avis Kuhnel on July 27, 1991 at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church in Rising City.

Most of his life was spent farming, but he also worked at Henningson Foods and after retirement helped out at the Roberts Funeral Home in Osceola and David City and later at Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Chermok Funeral Home of David City.

Martin was a member of St. John's/Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rising City, serving as a council member and officer, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and choir member. He was also a member of the Shelby Legion Post 296, the Butler County REA Board, Butler County Fair Board, AAL/Thrivent local officer, The Blue River Squares Square Dance Club; Square Deal Card Club and a Shelby Senior Center volunteer.

Martin enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool, traveling, fishing, deer hunting and visiting with friends, aquaintances and family.

Martin is survived by his wife, Avis, son, Roger(Jolene)Rathje of Surprise; Daugthers: Virginia(Doug)Nelson of Spencer, Nancy Rathje of Denver, CO; Lena(Tom)Hockabout of Battle Creek; Step-sons: Wayland Kuhnel of Lincoln; Kirk(Deb)Kuhnel of Newburgh, IN; Shane Kuhnel of Peoria, AZ; Chuck Kuhnel of Lincoln; Step-daughters: Karla Kuhnel of Dadesville, AL; and Kayla(Pat)Paczosa of Genoa; one brother: Delmer Rathje of Shelby, 20 grandchildren.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Zelma, and one brother, Ivan Rathje.

Interment was in the Faith West Lutheran Cemetery, Surprise, NE.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 81209228
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martin Ingward Rathje (9 Aug 1929–27 Nov 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81209228, citing Faith Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery West, Surprise, Butler County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by CPR (contributor 46798335) .