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Ronald Lee Rathmann

August 4, 1948 ~ May 19, 2021 (age 72)



Ronald Rathmann, beloved husband of Pat for over 50 years, father, and grandfather passed away on May 19th.  He was a graduate of GB West High School and UWGB.  After serving in the Army, he settled in the Green Bay area and worked as a technical writer for several companies.


Ron was a true renaissance man -- he was an artist, naturalist, philosopher, and sportsman.  He was a life-long learner and an avid reader of many topics.  If something was broken, he was always up the challenge of DIY repair.  He loved to cook for a crowd.  He made a fish boil kettle when he couldn’t find one large enough to serve all of his family and friends.  At large gatherings you would find him next to the grill, booyah kettle, or pig roast.  He showed his love by acts of kindness, a full stomach, and service to others.


He loved his family deeply and thought the world of each one.  He took great joy in supporting his family at sporting and musical events.  He was passionate about exploring nature, and was an exceptional artist for painting and creating sculptures of birds and wildlife. He often enjoyed times at his Northwoods cabin, and day trips with his wife to experience a variety of animals. They recently were treated to a symphony of Trumpeter Swans. He enjoyed a good cup of black coffee, a comfortable lazy boy, and something funny on the internet.  Tailgating with life-long friends was one of the highlights of his world.  He enjoyed attending many cultural events and festivals in Door County.  He was a volunteer usher at Peninsula Players and other theaters.  He was a content introvert and yet always ran into someone he knew, no matter what place he was in.


He loved his family deeply.  His bear hugs were legendary to anyone who was lucky enough to feel the full strength of his affection.  While he led a quiet life, he loved his family, and was loyal in supporting them.  


He will be remembered by his wife Pat; and his family Kristin and Mark Ashley and Lauren Rathmann and her husband Howard Berkof.  Also, grandchildren Thomas, Matthew and Abigail Ashley and Charlotte Berkof will miss him dearly.  The family will be holding a private celebration of life to honor him. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared on his tribute page at

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