Rathert, Donald Erhart, Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Beloved Husband of Jean Rathert (nee Demper); loving father of Dori (Dan) Cefilli, Donna Sessa, Terri (John) Brinker and Steve (Cathy) Walker; cherished grandfather of Jason (Nxyie) Dominion, Derek Dominion, Rene (Eric) Olbruck, Kristy (Jonathan) Houston, Toni (Andy) Korte, Rachel (Kevin) Dill, Lindsey Walker, Adam Walker; treasured great grandfather of Kimberly Dominion, Braeden Olbruck, Kylie Olbruck, Kolton Olbruck, Parker Houston, Knightley Houston, Quinn Houston, Wade Houston, Camden Houston, Jack Korte, Oliver Korte, Harper Dill and Lydia Dill; dearest brother of Robert H. (Judy) Rathert; dear brother-in-law of Sandra (Clarence) Anderson and Robert (Carol) Demper, Paul (Nancy) Demper and Bill (Cindy) Demper; our dear uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Herman F. Rathert and Mathilda Rathert (nee Erhart); and his brother, Gary J. (Pam) Rathert.
First and foremost, Don was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus was his Lord and Savior. Don was a devoted husband to his wife Jean for 47 years; he loved his children, family and brothers very much.
Don was in the U.S. Army, SP4, and was a Drill Instructor, and as an athlete, he also ran track for his unit in competition against other units. Don was a competitive weight-lifter during his high school years and after the Army winning many trophies. At the time of retirement he was a Bricklayer, had been a hod carrier, worked for Anheuser Busch as a foreman in high-speed production, he also worked for an Anheuser Busch Distributor in Naples, Fl, and at one time in his life he also had a Kirby vacuum cleaner distributorship. He made many missionary trips with the Assemblies of God Church to countries like Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico; to give his time to work on churches, or schools, etc.
Don was a great outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, hiker, and a long-distance swimmer, swimming a mile 3 or 4 times a week. He was a writer of outdoor stories for The Riverhills Traveler for over 20 years. He was an artist as his father was before him, however, he always said, “His father was an artist, he was only a sketch artist.” There are those of us who would disagree. He was a great story-teller and had a wonderful sense of humor, with a quick wit. Loved to tease all the little ones and give them nicknames that stayed with them as they all grew up. Don also had a talent for cooking and loved to try new recipes and watch the cooking shows.
Don was loved by all his family and friends.
Services: Visitation at Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125, on Wednesday, September 16, 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY SERVICE