Ronald Scott Rath, 55

September 29, 2010

JULY 24, 1955-SEPT. 27, 2010

Ronald Scott Rath, 55, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at City Hospital.

Born July 24, 1955, in Arlington, Va., he was the son of Hugh J. Rath of Johnson Lake, Neb., and the late Dolores Kraigbaum Rath.

Ron was a talented builder and designer with a keen creative perspective. His attention to detail yielded beautiful results in anything he made. Together, he and his loving wife designed and built their own home. Ron was also formerly employed by Corning Glass until it closed, and previous to that had a partnership in an antenna business with friend Michael Crothers.

Ron was an avid bowler and Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, cheering on his home team even after making West Virginia his final home state.


He enjoyed spending many hours with his daughters helping them with creative suggestions and "how to," to bring their school and 4-H projects to life. His thoughtful vision did not stop with his children; Ron's willingness to help family and friends remained constant.

Mr. Rath was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

He was a graduate of Lexington High School, Lexington, Neb., and a graduate of Hagerstown Community College. He received an excellence award in mechanical engineering technology.

He attended Bedington United Methodist Church.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Donna Jean Bowman Rath; two daughters, Mary Kathryn Rath and Brianna Marie Rath; two brothers, Stephen Rath of Elwood, Neb., and Michael Rath of Wymore, Neb.; two sisters, Deborah Smith of Greencastle, Pa., and Beverly Dyke of Kearney, Neb.; aunt, Barbara Ann Kraigbaum of Falls Church, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law, Katherine Bowman.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Barnes officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society or to Bedington United Methodist Church Building Fund, 580 Bedington Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

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