ROY F. RATH, 77, of New Haven, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born in Wing, N.D., he was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven. The U.S. Navy veteran served as an electricians mate 1st class aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea during the Korean War. Following his service to his country, he taught school for four years in Sykeston, N.D. He retired in 1989 after 30 years with the Magnavox Corporation. He entertained the elderly by playing his accordion with his group Musik Machers at area healthcare facilities for Audiences Unlimited. He was a member of American Legion Post 330 and the U.S.S. Coral Sea Association. He had many friends, through his church, internet, ham radio, and was an avid train hobbyist. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ruby; son, Roger Rath of New Haven; daughters, Venus (Ross) Gick and Gayle Slone, both of Fort Wayne; stepdaughter, Alice (Barry) Worman of Corinth, Texas; brothers, William (Bernice) Rath Jr. of Jamestown, N.D., Elmer (Sandra) Rath of Bismarck, N.D.; Darold (Lyla) Rath of Fargo, N.D.; sister, Doris Rohde of Jamestown, N.D.; grandchildren, Ryan (Dr. Heather) Gick of Fort Wayne, Dr. Carrie (Dr. Blue) Davis of Indianapolis, Brandon Gick of Florida, Travis Gick, Erin Slone, Andrew Slone, Amber Slone, and Aurra Tomei, all of Fort Wayne, Donielle McCullough of Texas; and great-grandchildren, Cionna, Jayden, Carielle, Jordan, and Cameron. Service is 11 a.m. Friday at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 Indiana Hwy 930 E., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, New Haven, with military honors by American Legion Post 330. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials to St. James Lutheran Church, Audiences Unlimited, or American Heart Association.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 22, 2007