Michael Rath


NORTH VERNON, Ind. -- Michael W. Rath, 61, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 1:27 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at University Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, from complications while awaiting a liver transplant.

Michael was born on June 9, 1952, in Defiance, Ohio. He was the son of Donald R. and Kathleen Koeppe Rath who survive. He married Michele Raffel on April 3, 1993, always celebrated as NCAA Final Four Weekend, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Michele also survives.

Michael was a 1970 graduate of Fairview High School in Sherwood, Ohio. He received an associate degree in Electrical Engineering from ITT. His passion was sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Mike followed the baseball activities of his younger son, Austin, through his senior year at Jennings County High School. Michael was an electrical engineer at Intat Precision in Rushville, Indiana before taking early retirement in 2003.

Survivors include his wife, Michele; his parents, Donald and Kathleen Rath of Defiance, Ohio; two sons, Adam (Tacy) Rath of Rushville, Indiana and Austin Rath of North Vernon, Indiana; one daughter, Mellissa Rath of Speedway, Indiana; and one sister, Becky (Dave) Tompkins of Angola, Indiana.

Michael was preceded in death by two sons, Nathan R. and Aaron M. Rath.

The funeral for Michael will be at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Burcham officiating. Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made through the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services to the Jennings County Panthers Home Run Club.

You are invited to leave a message of condolence at www.dovesharprudicel.com

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