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David A Rath
05/03/1955 — 09/16/2021
From Benton City, WA | Born in Pullman, WAWatch Graveside Service
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David A Rath
Our beloved David Rath left us and went to Lord on September 16th, 2021, following complications from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). David was born in Pullman, Washington, on May 3rd, 1955. After stays in Forks and Grand Coulee, he arrived in Prosser in time for his sixth-grade year and Grid Kid football. He continued to play through High School where his father “Coach Rath” brought home game film for them to analyze. David was a Seahawk fan but especially a WSU cougar fan. After graduating High School in 1974, David spent a year at WSU and then joined the Navy. For a large part of the four years of service, he was stationed in the Philippines. After discharge, he became an apprentice with Plumber and Pipefitter Union #598. He spent his working career as a Pipefitter Welder. David was always available to lend a helping hand with family and friends. He was extremely close, like a second father to his nephew, Jason, and niece, Kelsey. He rarely missed a birthday or sporting event. Whether it was redecorating a bedroom or helping with sports camps, they learned to bypass mom and dad and go directly to Uncle Dave. This tradition continued to his seven grandnieces. David was a devout Christian and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kennewick for many years. David loved salmon fishing and many happy times were spent fishing. David was preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Dorothy Rath. He is survived by his sister Cindi (Ken) Kiehn, brother Steve Rath, nephew Jason (Alena) Kiehn, niece Kelsey (Freddy) Arroyo, grandnieces Brooklyn, Ava, Scarlett, and Vivienne Arroyo and Raely, Aisley, and Charlie Kiehn.
Dave was a good man and a good fitter welder. We worked together at the Vit plant for many years. Never afraid of giving his honest opinion, made him a strong union man. Rest In Peace brother you are greatly missed.
We were so saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. We will never forget all the good times we shared together. We are sorry we won’t be able see you again on this earth. We will miss you dear friend, Randy and Sandy
Until we meet again my friend…
We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We graduated from Prosser High School with Dave in 1974. Go Mighty Mustangs! We have such good memories of Dave. Loved his infectious laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Tim and Debbie (Mercer) Richman