Jerry Lee Rathke
                                September 8, 1952 -- July 14, 2017

Jerry Lee Rathke, 64, of Shipshewana, died at 8:11 am on Friday, July 14, at
his residence. He had been in good health so his death was unexpected but
due to natural causes. He was born on September 8, 1952 in Goshen, to
Eugene and Polly (Young) Rathke. On May 5, 1986 in LaGrange he married
Marilyn Smith; she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are two
daughters, Kristine (Christopher) Smith of Mecosta, MI, Jennifer Miller of
Lawton, MI; son, Bradley (Christina) Nickell of Bremen; five grandchildren,
Caitlin Smith, Bryce and Dmitri Nickell, Leah and Seth Miller; three step
grandchildren, Antwon, Andre, and Janay Hilson; five step great
grandchildren; his parents Eugene and Polly Rathke of Goshen; two sisters,
Beverly Rathke of Bristol and Barb Rathke of Saint Petersburg, FL. He was
preceded in death by his brother, Richard Rathke. Jerry was an Air Force
veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He worked in the warehouse at Alco
Tool for a number of years. Visitation will be from 12:00 - 2:00 pm on Monday
July 17, followed by a 2:00 pm memorial service at Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Services will be conducted by
Pastor Ron Russell. Memorials may be given to Miller-Stewart Funeral Home
to assist with expenses.  

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We were so sorry to read about this in the paper. Please know we are praying
for your family.
From: Larry & Barb Wilkinson
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So sorry for your loss Marilyn Chris Jennifer and Brad. Wishing you all peace
and understanding and strength as you are going through this tough time.
From: Richard Miller
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I'm so sorry to hear of Jerry's sudden passing.  He was a wonderful
brother-in-law who treated me more as a sister.  I will never forget his
kindness to me.  My heart aches for Jerry's family. In loving memory.
From: Patty (Rathke) Wise  
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Gene & Polly, Bev & Barb, I am sorry for your loss.  He was so young. It was a
From: David Browning
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