Larry Duane Rath—visitation-739624—mass-888879

Larry Duane Rath, age 66, of Woodbine, IA passed away on February 28, 2021 peacefully in his home. Larry was the first baby born in Council Bluffs, IA on January 1, 1955 to Leonard and Lucille (Wohlers) Rath. Larry grew up in Beebeetown, IA on the family farm and loved to help his dad with the livestock and corn fields. He graduated from Tri Center School in 1973. Larry was married to Lori (Thomas) Rath for 25 years and had 4 beautiful daughters. He lived in Omaha, NE for 37 years and worked as a Machinist before retiring in 2015. He loved Nebraska, Vikings, Cowboys and Chiefs football teams and was really disappointed when the season was over every year. He loved gardening, drinking beer and Harley Davidson Motorcycles, especially his two Softails, Carol and Kiki.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his daughters, Courtney (Chris) Dowling, Desiree (Adam) Grayson, Sybille (Mark) Pierce and Emma (Brian) Metz. Grandchildren, Hailee Shepherd, Aidan & Avery Grayson, Everett, Ian, Austin & Colton Pierce. Sister, Lorraine (Noel) Blaas of Fort Worth, TX. Brother, Lyle (Judy) Rath of Thedford, NE. And nieces, nephews and a lot of friends.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a time of sharing at 7:00 p.m.  at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Due to Covid, there will be no luncheon afterwards.

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa

Celebrant Father Raphael Masabakhwa

Musician Lyle Waterhouse

Music Selections

“On Eagle’s Wings” “Be Not Afraid”

“Amazing Grace”

Honorary Bearers

Everett Pierce Ian Pierce

Austin Pierce Colton Pierce

Casket Bearers

Chris Dowling Adam Grayson

Mark Pierce Brian “Bear” Metz

Aidan Grayson Avery Grayson

Final Resting Place Grange Cemetery Honey Creek, Iowa




  • Eugene and Marge Rath Posted March 2, 2021 11:03 am

    It is difficult at such a time to know what words to say. But may God be with your family always.

  • Matthew Jarabek Posted March 2, 2021 12:47 pm

    I’m so glad I was able to meet him. Wish I could see his procession in person:,( Thinking of you two, miss you, love you and wish you the best:)

  • Ben Grayson Posted March 2, 2021 1:11 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. I’m glad you all get to be together to honor him the way he would have wanted. Wish I could be there. Love u all and I’m honored I was able to have met such a wonderful man! Lori and him did a great job raising 4 incredible daughters. I know he will always be proud of you all in carrying on his legacy. RIP Big Lar!!!! ☝️🙏❤️

  • Tim and Marty Gillham Posted March 2, 2021 4:20 pm

    So sorry about Larry, love to all the family. We thought he was a good man and always treated us good. Loved his 4 daughters and grandkids he left all too soon. He was greatly loved and well be deeply missed.

  • Randall P Pryor Posted March 3, 2021 10:10 am

    My wife Cindy and I enjoyed Larry what little time he was in Woodbine.

  • Dave merrill Posted March 3, 2021 5:53 pm

    Larry will be forever in my thoughts. He was a grizzly with the biggest of a heart. RIP my friend. Thoughts and prayers to the family he has left behind.

  • Cathy and Randy Fellows Posted March 3, 2021 10:55 pm

    Larry was one of Cathy’s favorite cousins. Grandpa and Grandma Rath and all the cousins had many happy times together. Although we will not be able to attend the visitation or funeral, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are praying that God comforts you in a way that only He can. May Larry’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  • Rev. Dennis Maaske Posted March 4, 2021 12:02 pm

    Larry was a little neighbor boy as we were growing up down the road. Life goes on day by day . . . . and we remember. The Lord bless and keep all who mourn and surround us all with his constant care.

  • terry parrott Posted March 5, 2021 11:37 am

    court,dez,syball,emma. sorry i could not attend i did stream. i am so sorry for your lose know your dad was a very good friend even if i havent seen him for awhile but my heart is with him. we had alot of good times me and him he left way to soon. r.i.p my good friend we will met again.

  • Daniel Bond Posted March 29, 2021 6:12 pm

    sorry for your loss of a friend from years ago. sad to hear this news but that happen when everyone leave the area and lose track of one another. Larry in a better place now no more problems or worries. prayers go out to his family , God bless

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