Celebrating the life of James Rathje
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A private family funeral service will be held at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, preceded by a private family visitation. Mr. Ken Renkes will officiate. Interment will be at the Fulton Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
James was born September 14, 1944 in Clinton, IA, to Carl and Alice (Harlock) Rathje. Jim was a 1962 graduate of Clinton High School and in 1964 he graduated from Clinton Community College with an Associates Degree in electronics. Jim served in the US Army for two years. He married Darlene Schaver on November 16, 1973, in Albany, IL. Jim worked at General Electric in Morrison, IL, as a lab tech for 39 years and retired in 2003. He was a member of the GEAA at General Electric. He attended the Garden Plain Presbyterian Church. He built bird houses in retirement. He also enjoyed flower gardening and making his yard beautiful. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene; two sons, Michael (Patti) Rathje of Cedar Rapids, IA,and Jeffrey (Kathy) Rathje of Cincinnati, OH; two grandchildren, Alex & Julia Rathje; one brother, Bill Rathje of Phoenix, AZ; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister in infancy: one brother, Gene Rathje.
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