David Lee Rathman

David Lee Rathman

June 10, 1962 – April 28, 2022

VISITATION: Thursday, May 5th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES in Grand Island and Doniphan, NE:  VISITATION on Sunday, May 8th, from 4pm to 7pm at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island, followed by ROSARY SERVICE at 7pm; MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Monday, May 9th at 10:30am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Doniphan. Interment: Cedar View Cemetery in Doniphan.

Memorials are suggested to Rathman Children Education Fund.


David Lee Rathman, passed on April 28, 2022 and was preceded in death by grandparents, Lawrence and Grace Kroeger of Doniphan, Nebraska and Walt and Norma Rathman of Hanson, Nebraska; and father, Donald Rathman of Doniphan, Nebraska.

Survived by wife, Teri Rathman, children: Michael, Karli and Grace Rathman, and grandsons, Henry and David Rathman, all of Omaha; mother, Laveda Rathman of Doniphan; sister, Darla Rathman Treacy of Springfield, Missouri; many nephews and nieces.

David was born and raised on a farm in Doniphan, Nebraska. He graduated from Doniphan High School, where he played baseball and football. He raised cattle and sheep with the 4H, for show at the Nebraska State Fair, winning many blue ribbons and grand champion sheep.

Dave used to tell the story of how he and his friend Danny Shaffer were jumping in a pile of leaves, when Dave broke his leg, so Danny pulled him in a wagon and left him at the front door so he didn’t have to feel the “rath” of Momma Rathman.

He met his lifelong buddies, Jim O’Brian and Phil Weaver when he attended Kearney State. Moved with Ed Badberg to work in Indiana, before he moved to Omaha in 1993, where he met his wife, Teri. They were married and had three children, and recently he was blessed with two beautiful grandsons.

He worked for Meyland Enterprise for seventeen years, where he cleaned and maintained power plants with ‘high pressure water and dynamite’. He drove to sites all across America, Canada, and Mexico.

Dave loved driving aimlessly around the backroads, listening to country music on the radio. He loved cooking and his favorite meal was Shake N Bake pork chops, grandma’s corn, and potatoes, all smothered in Dorothy Lynch. He loved taking his dogs, Pepper and Toby, to Standing Bear Lake to ‘run their guts out,’ watching Pretty Woman and Dances With Wolves, having beers with his buddies, and sitting by the river shooting his guns. He was a simple man with a heart of gold.




  • Jim Schafer Posted April 30, 2022 9:08 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  • Jan Rathman Posted April 30, 2022 10:49 pm

    Dear Laveda and Darla. This is so very heartbreaking and I can feel your sorrow.. I send prayers for comfort and peace.. GOD be-with you as you face this sad sad time. Jan Rathman

  • Amy Whelan Posted May 1, 2022 10:58 am

    LaVeda and Darla, I am so saddened to hear of David’s passing. Please know my heart and prayers are with you. I pray God holds you in his arms and that you feel is love in the next coming days. ♥️🙏🏻

  • Deborah Russell Posted May 1, 2022 11:13 am

    This is heartbreaking news. Dave worked with my ex-husband and we spent a lot of time together. Dave was a great father, husband, and friend. I remember what a picky eater he was and he loved his Dorothy Lynch! He will be missed by many. Rest in peace David. My prayers go out to his family.

  • Rosanne Santoro Posted May 1, 2022 4:38 pm

    I’m saddened to hear of David’s passing. My heart and prayers go out to all of the family. Hugs to all and may God place His hands on you during this difficult time. Rosanne

  • Ellen Robertson Posted May 1, 2022 5:08 pm

    Didn’t know David well, but the memories of a few great times made the goodness of the man transparent.Rest in the arms of your family that welcomed you and send strength to those that are still on the path to that rest and peace.

  • Bradley Engel Posted May 1, 2022 8:09 pm

    Sorry for your loss, may he Rest In Peace.

  • Laurie A Barry Posted May 2, 2022 8:40 am

    Thoughts of my cousin David will forever make me smile. Endless holidays & rounds of cards at Grandpa & Grandma Rathman’s and spending time at Uncle Don & Aunt LaVeda’s. Growing up surrounded by Rathman Cousin’s was something one could never forget! We truly are a special bunch and I am constantly humbled and grateful I am a part of that brood.

    You are loved and missed David. We will all help to keep Aunt LaVeda & Darla strong.
    Enjoy your new company David.
    Until we meet again.


  • Jason Salter Posted May 2, 2022 12:55 pm

    Rip my prayers are going up for Micheal and family

  • Uncle Jim and Aunt Becky Posted May 2, 2022 3:18 pm

    You will truly be missed Dave. Such wonderful memories of you and all those “Rathman kids”. Such great holidays at Grandma and Grandpa Rathman’s chicken and noodles and all the pies. Gone too soon but there I’m sure is a great pitch game going on and I’m sure Grandpa is slamming the table with his low. Until we meet again RIP. Love you. No more pain

  • Marcia and Bill Dodson Posted May 2, 2022 10:33 pm

    Darla and family: We are so very sorry for the loss of your brother David. May the good Lord be very near you all and comfort you as only He can. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you!

  • Joel Rouse Posted May 5, 2022 1:12 pm

    Laveda and Darla, I’m so very sorry to hear about David. This one hits differently because of all of the time our families spent together growing up. I’m sorry I can’t be there, but know that I’ll be hugging you both from afar. RIP David……

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