Larry D. Rathgeber
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Larry Dean Rathgeber, age 58 of Coleridge, Nebraska, died on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska.

Funeral Services will be on Monday. September 29, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with Rev. Debra Valentine officiating. Burial will be in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 5:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge is in charge of arrangements.

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

Larry was born on January 23, 1956 in Coleridge to Melvin LeRoy and Delores Minnie (Wiemers) Rathgeber. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge. He lived and farmed northwest of Coleridge all of his life. He graduated from Coleridge High School in 1974 and married JoAnn Fish on September 25, 1976 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge. 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 of Coleridge; 4 children and their spouses, Mark and Andrea Rathgeber of Dakota Dunes, SD; Brett Rathgeber of Tyndall, SD; Laura and Kelly Marshall of Crofton, NE; Brandon Rathgeber of Coleridge; his mother, Delores Rathgeber of Coleridge; 6 grandchildren, Hunter and Hannah Lindula of Tyndall; Amelia and Max Rathgeber of Tyndall; Nathan and Aaron Rathgeber of Dakota Dunes; a brother, Eugene Rathgeber of Tyndall; 4 sisters, Lavon and Ed Humpal of Tabor, SD; Janet and Dennis Miller of Norfolk, NE; Karen and Don Schulz of Coleridge; Nancy and Keith Kocmick of Gayville, SD; mother-in-law Maxine Fish of Coleridge; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Lou and Richard Stamm of Columbus, NE; Jim and Barb Fish of 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, Fred and Frieda Wiemers and father-in-law, Wayne Fish.

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JoAnn, Delores, and Rathgeber family:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Growing up, your family was like a second family to me. I have many fond memories of time spent out on your farm. Memories I will cherish always. My deepest sympathy to you all.

Gary Calhoon

So sorry for the loss of your husband, father, son and friend. Perhaps, the words found at Ecclesiates 9:5 will help you through this difficult time. Having the assurance from the scriptures that Mr. Rathgeber is at peace.


our sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

May God be with you all and comfort you.

Daryle and Linda Milbrath

Larry, Gene, Roy and I were the fearsome foursome cousins. We at one time all planned to live together as bachelors. I remember Larry as the quiet and reasonable one of the bunch. So sorry for your loss JoAnn, Delores, and the many others that were close to you.


Dave, Connie, Spencer & Connor Anderson

Sorry to hear of your loss......God Bless your family.....

Mark, Linda and Madison Jordan

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