Edwin H. Rathjen
Edwin H. Rathjen
  • January 22, 1938 - January 6, 2018
  • Pleasant Prairie, Iowa

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Edwin H. Rathjen, Jr., 79, of Davenport, IA, passed away January 6, 2018 in Pleasant Prairie, WI. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2017 at the Runge Mortuary. Visitation will begin at 8:30 A.M.. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.
Edwin passed away following a long journey with Alzheimer's Disease. During his illness, Ed maintained his true character and personality. He kept others laughing with his fun and clever sense of humor, and danced every day until the end.
Ed was born in Davenport IA January 22, 1938, to Edwin and Dorcas Huizenga Rathjen. He was a graduate of Rock Island High School. After completing a four-year machinist apprenticeship, he served in supervisory positions at Rock Island Arsenal, and retired in 1988. He was also owner/operator of Rathjen Machine and Tool company in Cambridge, IL, for over 30 years. Married Diane Robinson in 1960, and they had two children, Kent and Kelli. He later married Marilyn Martin Weydert.
Ed was a nature enthusiast, became a Master Naturalist, and created his own wildlife preserve near Orion, IL. His greatest joy was being with his family, but he also loved being with friends. He enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling, biking, woodworking, photography, birding, meeting friends for coffee in Coal Valley and Cambridge, and he loved to dance.
Ed is survived by his wife, Marilyn, his son, Kent, daughter, Kelli Whitesides, stepson, Jack Weydert, and grandsons, Damon and Dylan Nimrick; sisters Beverly Chappen and Anita Taylor, and a stepsister, Wanda Fordham. He is also survived by loving nieces, nephew's, the extended Weydert and Martin families, and many dear friends.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the many who supported Ed throughout his illness. The Greater Iowa Alzheimer's Association provided support, guidance and compassion, especially in the early years of his illness, when decision-making was overwhelming. The Memory Minders group was incredibly helpful. We would also like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Senior Star at Elmore Place in Davenport, The Addison of Pleasant Prairie Memory Care in WI, and Heartland Hospice in Kenosha, WI. " You, the caregiving, nursing, kitchen, maintenance, concierge, administrative staff, and directors, are the true angels on this earth and you kept Ed content , happy, and dancing."