Henry "Tub" Rath

Henry "Tub" Rath, age 78, of Wasta, SD, died Friday morning, February 23, 2007, at his home.

Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, at the Community Center in Wall with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, pianist, and Deanna Kammerer and Dale Lewis, vocalists. Ushers were Jim Glines and Travis Grenstiner. Pallbearers were Jack Tines, Dean Nachtigall, Travis Rath, Dan Torgeon, David Holman and Shane Green.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery, Owanka, SD.

Henry Rath, better known as "Tub", was born March 28, 1928, on his parents' farm 11 miles southeast of Madison, SD, the son of Henry and Elenora (Borchert) Rath. He grew up on the farm and attended Franklin School.

As a young man he worked for various farmers in that community. Later, he worked in Sioux Falls and then returned to the farm.

Tub was united in marriage to Lila Christensen on August 19, 1950, in Madison, and to this union was born a son, Bruce. After their marriage, he worked on a ranch near Gann Valley, SD, and then at East River Electric in Madison. In 1974, he worked for the South Dakota Highway Department in the Wall area until retiring in 1988. Tub has made his home in the Wasta community since moving to the area in 1974.

Tub was a 4-H leader in Madison, a member of the National Pinto Horse Association, the South Dakota Pinto Horse Association, the Saddle Tramp Horse Association of New Underwood, and the Family Wagon Train. He dedicated his time to the Wasta Fire Department for 27 years, with five spent as chief.

In addition, he spent 29 years as an area brand inspector. Tub was well known for his catering for many local gatherings. In April 2001, Tub received the Good Neighbor Award. The women of the local area will always remember his generosity of giving each a flower and candy for all the holidays.

Grateful for having shared his life include his son, Bruce Rath of Piedmont; a grandson, Travis Rath and his wife, Amy, currently living in Fairbanks, AK; a granddaughter, Jessica Rachetto and her husband, Tyler, of Rapid City; two great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Wyatt Rath; a brother, Ernest

"Snooks" Rath and his wife, Lorraine, of Madison; a special friend, Tammy Green, and her children, Shane and Kelly; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Tub was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Norman Rath.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.