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James T. Rathke, 69, of Northwood, passed away April 10, 2014, at Orchard Villa. He was born on October 5, 1944, in Toledo, to Melvin and Felicia Rathke. He attended St. Mary's Grade School and was a proud graduate of Macomber
Vocational High School. He was employed through the Macomber co-op program by the Commercial Electric Co. for four years and then worked as an electrician for GM Hydramatic Division for 42.5 years. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus # 4237 in Genoa, The Bavarian Sports Club, The GAF Society, past member of the Eagles Aerie # 197 and a member of the Eagles Aerie # 2322 in Rossford. He also held an Extra Class Amateur Radio License and was a member of the ARRL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John. He is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Carolyn (Stoykoff) Rathke; sister, Judy (Rathke) Haas (Marvin); sister-in-law, Jan Rathke; son, Steve Rathke (Renee); daughter, Rochelle Abou-Arraj (Elias); grandchildren, Nadeem, Najee, Alexis; stepsons, Bryan
(Jen) and Kevin Vollmar;
step-grandchildren, Skyler, Mariah, Shane, Cameron; many nieces and nephews; ex-wife and friend, Betty Rathke, and his Three Little Ladies, Reese, Abby and Coco.
Friends may visit Hoeflinger Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave, Oregon, OH 43616 on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at Toledo Memorial park.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Orchard Villa.
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 12, 2014