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George C. Rathke

Born: Mon., Jun. 2, 1919
Died: Wed., Dec. 8, 2010

Services are to be announced

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     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

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Tamara (Tammy) Fernalld- Gambill
   Posted Sat December 11, 2010
We are very sorry for your loss, Uncle George will be truley Missed,
He gave us many childhood memories which will live on forever in our
hearts and family pictures.
To the Rathke clan you are in our thoughts and prayers may you all be
blessed this holiday season, adn be safe in your travels.
We wish we could be there with you but the weather is not in our favor
and it is a busy time of year for us.
God bless you all and take care
Tammy and Kurtis Fernalld-Gambill

Audrey Miller Smith
   Posted Mon December 13, 2010
We are so sorry to hear about George''s death. He was my big brother and a great uncle to our children. We didn''t get to see him as much as we would have like to lately but he was in our prayers and thoughts.
We will miss his stories and that little grin he would get when he played a joke on us.
I wish we could see everyone of you children. Gold Bless and Love,
Uncle Ken, Aunt Audrey

Kathy and Leo Doherty
   Posted Mon December 13, 2010
Sorry to hear about Uncle George. My memory of Uncle George is one of an easy, light hearted fellow who could be mischievous on occasion. When he was up something you could always tell because of that special twinkle you’d see in his eyes. I remember dandelion wine, chasing piglets around the barn yard, orange rigs of different shapes and sizes, and that easy smile of his that made everyone so comfortable! It was always a good time when we all came together!!

May God's blessng be with you all.

Kathy and Leo Doherty

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