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RICHARD A. RATHKE, 63 POPLAR GROVE - Richard A. Rathke, 63, Poplar Grove, departed his earthly life Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Born Dec. 16, 1949, the proud son of Eugene, and Polly (Young) Rathke in Elkhart, Ind. On Nov. 6, 1987, he married the love of his life, Ardele (Anderson) Rathke. Richard worked for Imperial Components for 30 years and Atlas for five. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Loves Park, a committee member of Candlewick Lake, and a member of the Loyal Order of The Moose. Richard leaves to cherish his memory, his wife; parents; sisters, Bev and Barb Rathke; son, Daniel (Billie) Swatek; daughters, Maricka, April, and Wendy; grandchildren, Sophia, Josie, Courtney, Brock, Olivia; and several loving friends. Funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at First Baptist Church, 718 Harlem Road, Machesney Park, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to time of service. Pastor Larry Wells will officiating. Interment at 2 p.m. in Mt. Emblem Cemetery, 520 E. Grand Ave., Elmhurst. Online condolences may be submitted at sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2013
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