Harlan L. RatheHarlan L. Rathe, 95, of Virginia, Minn. died on Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013 in his residence.
Harlan L. Rathe, 95, of Virginia, Minn., died on Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013 in his residence.
He was born in Elbow Lake, Minn., on June 28, 1918 to Edwin and Mary Rathe.
He married Marion Carlson in 1939. Harlan was a World War II Navy Veteran sailing on the U.S.S. Stokes; he and his four brothers were all World War II Vets who all made it back home from the war. He retired from U.S. Steel in 1981, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the lake home he had built on Fish Lake.
Harlan liked to tell stories and go fishing. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa.
Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, son Daniel, and his wife Marion.
Harlan is survived by his children Duane (Kathy) Rathe of Gilbert, Minn., and Barbara (Jerry) Butchart of Duluth; grandchildren Tamara, Brian, James, Stephanie, Brad, Steve, Scott, and Missy; 22 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Essentia Health Virginia Regional Medical Center/Hospice, and Dr. Craig Vickstrom.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service in Sunrise Funeral Home. Burial will be at Sunrise Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. To leave an online condolence see www.sunrisefuneralhomeandcemetery.com.