Orville John Rathe
Born: November 23, 1945
Died: April 21, 2014 in Rupert, Idaho
Age: 68 years old
Orville graduated from Minico High School and received his master’s in philosophy and theology from Loyola University in New Orleans, La. He served our country for four years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and eight years in the Army National Guard. After his military service, Orville worked for RCA of Denver repairing teletype machines. Later he worked for A&B Irrigation and then the Rupert Post Office for 33 years until retirement at age 58.
Orville joined the Roman Catholic Church as an adult. There he served in numerous capacities and eventually studied to achieve his master’s in philosophy and theology and became an ordained deacon. He served on the St. Nicholas School Board and the Parish Council, taught religious education to St. Nicholas students, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, ministered at the Juvenile Detention Center and administered monthly communion at the Idaho Youth Ranch. Orville had a dream to travel to Africa and was able to participate on a short-term mission trip to Uganda.
Orville loved to golf and was a member of the Rupert Country Club. He and his wife, Janet, were on a couples league, and he joined the R&R Welding Men’s Golf League. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks. Activities Orville loved through his life included rodeo, riding horses, chariot racing, golfing, elk and deer hunting, fishing, storytelling, watching old western movies and card playing. His grandchildren loved hearing his stories.
Orville was one of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orvin and Gertrude. He is survived by his sister, Charlotte (Ron) Messinger of Centennial, Colo.; brothers, Art (Sharon) of Heyburn and Henry (Fran) Rathe of Rupert. Orville mainly lived his life in Rupert, Idaho, when not serving in the military and met his wife of 46 years, Janet (Marcotte) Rathe, there as well. Orville is survived by his wife, Janet; and their three children and six grandchildren: Travis (Leslie (Weeks) Rathe and their children, Mercedes and Travis of Spokane, Wash.; Michelle Rathe and her daughters, Courtney and Chloe of Twin Falls; and Tyrel and his wife, Crystal Rathe, and their daughters, Devynn and Preslee of Thornton, Colo. He was also loved by nieces and nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and friends. Orville will be missed by so many because of his loving, servant’s heart and friendly demeanor.
Thank you to all who have touched our lives and to Dr. Greg Boettcher, Dr. Kerry Saurey and staff at Minidoka Memorial Hospital.
A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. A rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Hansen Mortuary with viewing for family and friends to follow from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary. Services will conclude with burial in the Rupert Cemetery under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.