Vernon Eugene Rath was born on August 25, 1927 to Henry and Mabel (Keller) Rath at Cushing, Iowa. He attended school in Correctionville, and graduated in 1945. Vernon entered the US Navy in 1945, and was honorably discharged in 1946. On August 13, 1949 Vern married Loretta Jensen in Blue Earth, Minn. He attended Buena Vista College, graduating in 1953. and teaching Social Studies and Math at Meriden, Woodward, Kingsley, and Aurelia until 1964. He also coached basketball and several other sports as well. Vern was a founding member of the Aurelia Golf Club, and was still working there as the greens keeper when he passed away. Vern was a beekeeper until 1979 and enjoyed raising bees and collecting their honey. He was also a Cherokee County Extension Youth and 4-H leader, and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Men of Faith, and he held several church offices over the years. He was a member of the Aurelia Fire Department from June 1964 to June 1974, and a member of the Aurelia Kiwanis. Vern enoyed playing softball, basketball, and golf, and played football when he attended Buena Vista. He always enjoyed attending the activities of his kids and grandkids, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vern died Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Wayne Rath and his wife Virginia; and two sisters, Margaret and her husband Ray Fixsel and Blanche and her husband Bob McLeish.
Survivors include his wife Loretta of Aurelia; five daughters - Corinne and her husband Jim Bengtson of Kissimmee, Fla., Jeanine and her husband Ed Benson of Aurelia, Ann and her husband Drew Coombs of Loveland, Col., Barbara and her husband Dan Huseman of Aurelia, and Lisa and her husband Mark Cmelik of Aurelia; 12 grandchildren - Amanda and husband Robert Locke, Adam Bengtson, Chad and wife Lisa Benson, Chris and wife Karen Benson, Brandon and wife Brandi Coombs, Ragen Alstrom, Neil Huseman, Amy and husband Derrick Elman, Erin and husband Scott Patton, Scott Cmelik, Whitney and husband Mike Kuehn, and Chrysta and husband Cory VanderPloeg; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Virgil and Jean Jensen of Kingsley and Roger and Sylvia Jensen of Sac City; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Jensen of Aurelia; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.