Roy M. Rattenborg, age 94, of Paxton, passed away at the Illinois Knight’s Templar Home in Paxton at 9:10 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 with family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 21, 2013 at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton with Pastor Andy Decker officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery with military honors by Paxton American Legion Post #150. Visitation will be Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 4-6 P.M. at the funeral home.
Roy was born on September 23, 1918 in Hamlin IA and farmed with his family until he joined the Army Air Corps on May 2, 1942 during WWII. Staff Sergeant Rattenborg was an engineer and a turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He flew many combat attack missions over Europe. He is a holder of the Air Medal and other commendations.
He married Evelyn Neal on November 13 1945. They met in Florida, married in Georgia, began their life together in Iowa, and have resided in Paxton since 1952 where Evie resides. Surviving also are three daughters Rhonda Williams,Peoria, Linda (Duane) Janssen,Buckley, and Cindy (Lee) Koontz of Lewis IA. Roy has four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents (Hans and Matilda Rattenborg) four brothers (Elmer, Clarence, Simon and Willis) Two sisters (Lydia and Marie). He is survived by one sister Alice (Mendenhall) age 99. He was also preceded by his son-in-law Larry Williams.
Even though he retired from Civil Service as an airplane mechanic after 30 Years he always saw himself as a farmer. He was member of First Lutheran Church and a member of the Paxton V.F.W. Post #4214. Roy was the definition of a tinkerer, he was not happy unless he was fixing something, taking something apart or building something.
He is greatly loved and will be missed.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley, Illinois.