John G. Rathjen

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November 23, 1929 - February 11, 2020
Born in Elsberry, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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John G. Rathjen, of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the age of 90.  Loving husband of 68 years to Alice Rathjen; beloved son of the late Ernest and Bertha Rathjen; devoted father of Fred E. (MaryBeth Rogers) Rathjen, Donald J. (Cheryl) Rathjen, and Steve C. (Becky) Rathjen; cherished grandfather of Lindsay (Victor) Rodriguez, Ryan Rathjen, John D. (Sasha) Rathjen, Nathan (Laura) Kenney, Curt (Robin) Rathjen, Cassie Rathjen, Dustin (Rebecca) Rosenberg, the late Natasha LaRue and the late Tom Turner; treasured great-grandfather of Bettley Rodriguez, Lexi Rodriguez, Cruz Rodriguez, Avery Rathjen, Mason Rathjen, Mia Rathjen, Dayton Rathjen, Millei Rathjen, Tessa Rathjen, Barrett Rathjen, Dexter Tindle, Hope LaRue, Marshall Turner, Caleb Rosenberg, Colton Rosenberg, and the late Talin Rathjen; great-great grandfather of Madilynn LaRue and Adeline LaRue.

John retired after many years as partner of Kribs Ford City in St. Ann.  He loved to travel with family and friends.  He always looked forward to a new adventure with his wife and they traveled all over the world together.  They also liked to go camping and were with an RV travel club.  When they weren’t traveling the globe, John and his wife enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing.  He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals Football team, back in the day.  John was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made in John's name to Dardenne Presbyterian Church.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Deborah Sprinkle February 13, 2020 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Dear Alice, we’re so sorry for your loss, and that we can’t make it up for John’s funeral. We have many good memories going back to when the boys were young—when we were all much younger! He will be missed. Praying for you and your family at this difficult time.

  2. Linda Bryant February 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    My condolence to the entire Rathjen family.

    Linda Bryant

  3. Franz & Audrey Zinsser February 14, 2020 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Alice, we are so sorry for your loss and extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family. May John find everlasting Peace and Joy in Heaven.

  4. Bob Ingham February 14, 2020 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Alice. I think of the Rathjens every time I come back South on US 61 after visiting my grandkids in Troy. In the winter your out building was visible. The Gateway Good Sams are still limping along and on behalf of our current members, our deepest sympathy.

  5. Virginia L Long February 15, 2020 at 10:10 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to Alice, Fred, Don and Steve. I have wonderful and treasured memories of your dad and your family. I deeply regret not being able to attend his services but look forward to seeing all of you in the very near future.
    Virginia (Ginnie Rathjen) Long

  6. Sandy Wood February 17, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Alice, so sorry about John. I didn’t find out about it until today. I hardly ever get on my email. You have my deepest sympathy. John was a great man. He will be missed.

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