George Charles Owen Rathke, 91, passed away on December 8, 2010, in Gooding, Idaho.
A long-time resident of Bliss and Buhl, Idaho, George was born, June 2, 1919, in Farnham, Surrey, England to Hilda Margaret (Deadman) and Charles Edward Rathke. The family moved to Hailey, Idaho when George was 6 months. He graduated from Hailey High School in 1938.
George served in the Army during WW II at Mt. McKinley, Alaska. One of the few Army personnel who had cold weather experience, he taught other soldiers to ski and worked on construction teams.
After the war, he married Frances Mae Miller of Spokane, Washington, on October 6, 1945. George learned plumbing and mining from his father. He also worked as a ski instructor at the Sun Valley Ski School and as a lineman for Idaho Power Co. prior to settling on a career ranching in Bliss, Idaho. Their first home, George built out of 21-inch diameter logs in Ketchum.
A quiet, intelligent, and family-oriented man, George was always ready to help a person in need or share the bounty from his garden. In his later years, he enjoyed darts and pool.
George is survived by: his younger sister, Hilda Lang of Leesburg, Georgia; and brother Bill (Wilbur) Rathke of Halfway, Oregon. George and Frances have six children, Charles Louis (Judith), Vancouver, WA; Sandra Mae (Ray) Ethell, Hubbard, Oregon; John Fredrick, Buhl, Idaho; Marion Clair (Robert) Barry, Quartz Hill, CA; James Robert (Patricia), Vacaville, CA; and Ann Marie (Norman) Fravel, Bliss, Idaho. He was proud of his 20 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances on June 12, 1982.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Demaray Funeral Service - Gooding Chapel. A graveside service, immediately following, will lay George to rest beside his beloved Frances in the Hagerman Cemetery.
A wonderful brother, father, and grandfather will be missed dearly, and will share his garden in heaven