Michael John Ratigan, 78, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away on July 16th, at home surrounded by his family after a courageous and heroic battle with cancer. Mike endured significant health issues over the last 18 months, yet his strong will and steadfast devotion to his family prevailed above all else. Mike was born on October 18, 1942 to Carmen and Francis Ratigan in Panama, Iowa. He attended St. Mary's High School where he met, and eventually married, the love of his life, Therese (Schmitz) on April 24, 1965. He enlisted in the Army, completed technology school with a concentration in electronics, and enjoyed a long and successful career as an electrical mechanic for MaBell, Reikes, and Nebraska Machinery/ Caterpillar, from which he retired. As devoted members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Mike and Therese lived a life of faith and generosity to others. An avid supporter of St. Albert Schools, Mike served as a School Ambassador and attended more academic, social and athletic events than he could possibly count. Mike coached Little League baseball, fished and camped, played cards, solved puzzles, delighted in a good story, and laughed heartily with his family and friends. He cheered equally for Iowa State and Notre Dame and proudly watched his children and grandchildren excel in their own unique endeavors. Mike fixed anything and helped everyone, and after his retirement, he found a new passion as a handyman for residential construction projects. In short, Mike lived life to the fullest. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Carmen; his in-laws, Joseph and Laurina Schmitz; and two brothers-in-law, Jerome Nabity and Bob Doyle. Mike is survived by his wife, Therese; daughters Sheila Schwery (Charlie) and Jacque Liston (Tom); sons Larry (Kris) and Brian (Maura); sister, Linda Baxter (Ken) and brother, Ron (Alice); grandchildren, Adam Schwery (Shena), Jonathan Schwery (Tiffany), Jennifer (Liston) South, Rebecca Liston, Joseph Liston, Nicholas Ratigan, Jordan Ratigan, Sean Ratigan, Conor Ratigan, Kelly Ratigan, Austin Ratigan and Reese Ratigan; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Ember, Ashtyn, Blaine, Georgia, Phoenix and Riley; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. All are invited to celebrate Mike's life on Monday, July 19th, 5 p.m. Rosary, immediately followed by viewing until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20th, viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the beginning of the funeral mass service at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick's Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Thereafter, the family will host a luncheon at St. Patrick's Church. A private burial with family will be held at a later date. Contributions in Mike's memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church and/or St. Albert Schools.
Published by The Daily Nonpareil on Jul. 20, 2021.