Richard "Dick" A. Rathke, March 10, 1930 - January 6, 2021

Richard "Dick" A. Rathke
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Richard "Dick" Andrew Rathke, age 90 of Eau Claire passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 in the presence of his loved ones.

Richard was born on March 10, 1930 to William & Anna Rathke of Eau Claire, WI. Dick was a U.S. Army veteran & served during the Korean War. He earned accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant and spent his career in Eau Claire where he retired as a partner at Bauman Associates. In 1957, he met Pelchie Ann Saverinski, and they wed in 1959. They raised four children: son, Steven (Courtney) Rathke; daughter, Mary (Daniel) Donnellan; daughter, Kay (Tim) Phillipp; son, James (Stacy) Rathke. He was the proud Grandfather of 9 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.

Dick spent much of his life volunteering at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, mentoring small business owners at SCORE, gardening and travelling. He will be remembered by all for his quick wit, twinkle in his eye and many tall fishing stories.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, William George Rathke & sister, Mary Anne Rathke.

Funeral service will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:30 am with Father Francis Thadathil officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Monday morning from 9:30 am until the time of service. Inurnment with military honors will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Eau Claire immediately following the service.   Please wear protective masks. Friends and family may offer condolences online at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Richard’s name to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or the American Heart Association. 

“Leave the world a better place than you found it” – Dick Rathke

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.  


  1. Jeff Kobinsky January 12, 2021

    My mother is a resident of Oak Gardens in Altoona where Richard and Pelchie lived.

    We often shared a table for mealtime and it was a pleasure to meet both of them and their family.

    I recall many of the fishing stories and the big one that did NOT get away and was mounted and on display.

    RIP and save some fish for me.

  2. Arlene Forster January 11, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We have known Dick, Pelchie, and the growing family since 1961 when I (Dennis) started working for what is now Bauman and Associates.

    Dick's office for a lot of those years was next to mine. He was a hard and dedicated worker, but didn't let that interfere with his devilment. Dick used to enjoy dropping heavy ledgers and the like in my office while I was concentrating on work. He sabotaged adding machines among many pranks. No one escaped his foolery. Ladies would sometimes remove their shoes while working at their desks, and he would remove the shoes and forget to tell anybody where the shoes were hidden.

    During our working years, Dick, son Jim, and I, and a few friends enjoyed about 25 years fishing in Canada. Dick was a diehard fisherman to the extent that he would pass up gourmet meals provided by the camp requesting sandwiches so we could be on the water for another half hour fishing.

    Dick will be missed.

    Dennis and Arlene Forster

  3. Mary Nunke January 10, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Dick’s death. Seeing his picture in the paper brought back so many great memories of Mary, Bill and your family. I would like to give my condolences in person but I’m staying pretty close to home for now. My prayers are with all of you. Mary

  4. Mike Wittenberg January 10, 2021

    I am deeply saddened by the loss that you have encountered. My condolences.

  5. Marjorie Satre January 9, 2021

    Oh Pelchie, I'm so sorry that Dick died. I remember when we first moved in across the street, and you came over to invite me to church. We had great times playing bridge and even having coffee. If I can help in any way, just phone me. Marj

  6. Colleen & Tom Garnevicus January 8, 2021

    Dear Rathke Family,

    We were sad to hear of Dick's passing--you have our deepest sympathy. He was a pillar of the church, and we know he deeply loved all of you. You are in our prayers!

    Colleen & Tom

  7. DAVID PRUEHER January 8, 2021

    Condolences on the loss of your father. He was always nice to me when I saw him.

  8. Brad Arneson January 8, 2021

    Sorry for your loss, miss you at coffee. May he rest in peace. It was great to have known him.

  9. Kim Hong January 8, 2021

    Dear Rathke Family, I feel blessed to have been your neighbors across the street and for the kindness that you had always shown my kids and I. Sending you prayers for peace and comfort.