Dr. Ronald G. Rathke

Dr. Ronald G. Rathke

Dr. Ronald G. Rathke, 78, of Carlinville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 7, 1934, in Litchfield to Irvin and Kathryn Elizabeth Price Rathke. He married Carolyn Ann Calverd, June 5, 1955, at the Federated Church in Carlinville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law Joyce Weller.

Ron was a 1952 graduate of Carlinville High School. He attended Blackburn College and graduated from Washington University School of Dentistry in 1959. Upon graduation from dental school he served in the United States Air Force as a Captain at Offut Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. until 1961. He returned to Carlinville in 1961 to open a private dental practice. He retired from dentistry in 1993.

Ron loved to hunt, fish, garden and travel.  He was a huge animal lover, always having one or more dogs by his side. He was involved with an extensive reforesting project through the state of Illinois Conservation Department in 1984 and 1985, planting over 7,000 black walnut trees on his property.

He served on the Carlinville Public School board for 19 years, was a founder of the Carlinville Public School Foundation and a lifelong supporter and advocate of the Carlinville school district. Ron was a member of the Carlinville United Methodist Church and a board member for Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Carlinville for over 20 years.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; three daughters Denise (Dr. Steven) Boente, Cheryl (Shawn) Davis and Lynne (Robert) Evans, all of Carlinville; six grandchildren, Dr. Erin Boente, Elyse (Trey) Srygley, Stephen Boente, Michael Davis (fiance Alicia Robinson), Nicholas Evans, and Elisabeth Evans; one brother-in-law, Floyd Weller;   several nieces, nephews and cousins and his dog Katie.

Visitation was Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, from 2-6 p.m., at Carlinville United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at 2 p.m., also at Carlinville United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Taylor officiating.

Burial was at Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery in Carlinville with military honors conducted by the American Legion Guy Baird Post #554.

Memorials are suggested to the Carlinville Public School Foundation, Carlinville United Methodist Church or Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary.

Davis-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.