Leslie D. "Les" Rathjen - February 14, 2014Leslie D. “Les” Rathjen, 70, of Grand Island, Nebr. died Friday, Feb., 14, 2014, at Golden Living Center, Park Place. Mr. Rathjen’s request was to be cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Curran Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.
Mr. Rathjen was born Sept. 20, 1943 at Loup City, Nebr. He was the son of Herold W. and Angela “Elaine” (Larsen) Rathjen.
Survivors of the immediate family include his son and daughter-in-law Kevin S. and Kam Rathjen of Grand Island; 2 daughters Michelle “Mikki” R. Rathjen of Grand Island and Anita K. Stevens of La Vista; 3 brothers and sisters-in-law Gerald W. and JoAnn Rathjen of Roseville, Calif., Lynn D. and Glenda Rathjen of Grand Island and Roger L. and Jane Rathjen of Poway, Calif.; 2 grandchildren Kormic and Brinn Rathjen.
Mr. Rathjen grew up in Beatrice and received his education at Beatrice High School. He continued his schooling at Milford Trade School. He married Diane J. Waterman on Oct. 20, 1963 at Beatrice. They lived in Aurora and he was employed at Bonnavilla Mobile Homes retiring in 2000 after 28 years of service.
He was a carpenter at heart, enjoying woodworking and fishing.
Memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Children’s Home.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Herold and Elaine Rathjen.
On line condolences may be given at www.curranfuneralchapel.com under Les’s obituary.