Duane Milo Rath was born on July 9, 1937 to Samuel and Edna Rath in Tuttle, North Dakota where he grew up and excelled in basketball and track. He attended college in Bismarck for a year and then traveled to Iowa where he attended Westmar College in LeMars where he finished his college education and met the love of his life, Roberta. He graduated from Westmar and was married to Roberta on June 1, 1959. He took his first professional job in De Lamere, North Dakota where Dana was born. Shortly after her birth he was offered a job in Rembrandt, Iowa where he taught Social Studies and was the boys and girls coach and a few years later Dee was born. During his time in Rembrandt he expanded his love of horses that he cared for and as a family we helped with chores and were able to enjoy welcoming a new colt every spring for several years. He participated in adult basketball and softball leagues where he was able to play with former student athletes which he so looked forward to and enjoyed.
In 1970 he left teaching and was hired as a factory representative for Wilson Sporting Goods which required him to travel the state of Iowa and parts of Nebraska. He eventually took a new position as a factory representative for Slagle Sports which required the family to move to Fremont, Nebraska in 1977.
His children attended school in Cedar Bluffs and he quickly became involved in coaching the American Legion softball team where he was able to coach his daughters. He became an avid spectator and supporter of the Cedar Bluffs Wildcats where Roberta taught 6th grade. His passion for sports and competition was definitely a driving force in his life as he loved horse racing and supported his Cornhusker and Hawkeye sports teams.
On May 14, 2023 Duane left this earth to join his family in heaven. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Roberta, daughter Dana Rebhuhn (husband Perry Rebhuhn, children Robert Rebhuhn, Rachel and Pat Kelly and their children Lennon and Dermot); daughter Dee Felici (husband Tony Felici, children Stefanie and Dan Toleikis and their son Teddy, Britnee and Vince Gutgsell, and their children Vinny and Mariella, and Joey and Danielle Felici); his brother Keith Rath (wife Jan and their children Kamille and Mike Yost, Nikki and Jeff Pahl, Keith and Lindsey Rath and Amy Ziegler); sister in laws Dianne Ross, Mary Lou Ross and brother in law Bill Ross. He is also survived by countless cousins, nieces and nephews. His love for his wife, family and dear friends created countless memories of love, laughter and dancing. His family would like to thank everyone from all aspects of his life that has reached out with their love, support and prayers.
The Celebration of Life Service will be 11 A.M., Friday May 19, 2023 at First Lutheran Church in Fremont. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 P.M., at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10-11 A.M., at the church. Private interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Church in Fremont.
Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave. Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.