Jack Rath March 4, 1952 - Feb. 21, 2017

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Jack Rath, age 64, of Giltner, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, peacefully in his sleep at home. A memorial service were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Stockham Community Church. Rev. Paul Nauman and Rev. Rick Bartek officiated. Burial service was at 10 a.m., at the Stockham Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5-7 Friday evening, as well as 8:30-9:30 a.m., on Saturday at the Stockham Community Church, 401 Scott Street, Stockham, NE. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Monetary memorials will be decided by the family at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com Jack Allen Rath, the son of Wayne Allen and Mary Ann (Buller) Rath, was born in Hastings, NE, on March 4, 1952, and passed away at his home on Feb. 21, 2017, at the age of 64. Jack grew up on his family’s farm south of Eldorado, NE. He graduated from Harvard High School in 1970. Jack attended Sterling College and Central Community College in Hastings, where he obtained an associate’s degree in welding. Jack was united in marriage to Gail Stull on Feb.13, 1977. They farmed for a short time in Stockham, before moving to Long Pine, NE, for approximately four years. They then moved back to Hamilton County, where they farmed for the last 30+ years. Jack was the love of Gail’s life and they were best friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, “junking” and grilling, as well as classic cars and other antiques. Each of his children had a very special place in his heart and he always kept in close touch with them and how they were doing. He loved Husker football and loved the special opportunity of watching his son be a part of the team. Family and extended family were a huge part of Jack’s life. Family traditions and celebrations were treasured by Jack. Lastly, along with so many beloved friends, coffee time, bible study and his church were things he held dear. His presence will be greatly missed, especially by his family. Jack was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Dale Lynn. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gail of Giltner; four children: Sage Rath, Cody Rath and his two children Caiden and Laini, Cheyann (Duane) Donnell, and their two children, Dodie and Peyton and Logan Rath; mother, Mary Ann Rath; sister, Joann (Roger) Hattan; two sister-in-laws, Dixie (Scot) Smith and Roberta (Chuck) Conway; four brother-in-laws, Patrick (Trish) Stull, Cliff (Kathy) Wiles, Randy (Theresa) Wiles and Rodney (Linda) Wiles and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and close friends.

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