Jim Rathmann

Age 83


Jim (JR) Rathmann, 83, of Indian Harbour Beach, died peacefully Wednesday, November 23, 2011 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Kay Venn Rathmann of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida; two sons, Jim (Kathy) Rathmann of Denver, CO and Jay Rathmann of Titusville, FL; two step-sons,...

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R.I.P Mr Rathmann, You were loved by many people, Im Glad i had the pleasure of working for you at Melbourne Chevrolet and Palm Bay store for alot of years. You will be Missed!!!

Sweet pea sleep well and deep love ya Marty from Riley's. You were one of the best. I will miss you.

What a prankster Jim was. We hunted together in the late 90's and were cleaning deer when I cut myself. Claiming to be a butcher in his early days his cure was for me to soak my hand in bleach. I can still hear him laughing from my reaction of pain. Sorry for your loss Kay.

To the Jim Rathmann Family - I was happy to have done business with Jim Rathmann. Jim always had an interesting story about racing or the Space Coast. He had a great outlook on life and with business. God bless Jim and your entire family during this time.

It's so sad to lose another of motorsports's greats. I remember hanging out in Jim's speedshop in Miami in the fifties, and watching my buddies race go-carts that they bought from Jim, while sitting in my car so I could listen on the radio to his great battle with Rodger Ward in 1960. It wasn't until a few month's ago that I actually got to see the 1960 Indy 500 on YouTube. Jim, you will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.

Dear Rathmann family,
This message comes with deepest sympathy to all of you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sincerely, Karen (Anthony Basura's daughter)

javascript:vid(0)Heaven....Start your engines....I'm sure my father was the first to greet you. Thoughts are with the Rathmann family.

Kay and Rathmann Family,

I was sad to hear about the passing of JR. I enjoyed my time with him and his spirit will live on. He was 'one of kind!' Cutting yourself out of a body cast to race is a feat upon itself! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kindest Regards,
Dan Dourney, PT