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William C. Rathjen

Obituary for William C. Rathjen

October 9, 1934 - February 5, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana | Age 83


William (Bill) C. Rathjen went to be with the Lord the night of February 5th, 2018 at the age of 83.

Bill was born October 9th, 1934 to William and Lydia Rathjen in Jacob, Illinois, the youngest of nine children. He married Barbara M. (Kenon) Rathjen on April 9th, 1955. In their 62 years together, they moved to Northwest Indiana and were blessed with three children and nine grandchildren, before moving to Indianapolis and welcoming five great-grandchildren. Before retirement, Bill was an Iron Worker from Local 395 and was employed by Pangere Corporation for 37 years. His work ethic and energy continued well into his later years.

Bill filled his life with family, friends, and faith. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he served as a trustee and met many of his closest friends. Bill's family was his greatest pride; he told anyone who would listen about his deep love for them and how lucky he was. His favorite pastimes were fishing and hunting, both of which he did with family and friends. Bill's laughter, hugs, and over-the-top storytelling made him one-of-a-kind. He was greatly loved and is greatly missed.

Bill has reunited with loved ones who went before him, including his parents, eight siblings, daughter Debra Rathjen, and grandson Craig Rathjen. He is survived by his wife Barbara; children William (Judy) Rathjen, and Candace (Todd) Kendrick; eight grandchildren: Jeremy (Heidi) Rathjen, Andrew (Melissa) Rathjen, Steven (Laura) Rathjen, Rachel (Jonathan) Schmidt, Rebecca Kendrick, Hannah Kendrick, Ryan Rathjen, and Dusty Nicholson.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at St. John Lutheran Church, 6630 Southeastern Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203. The funeral service will follow beginning at 3:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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