Helmut Gerhard Rathke, 53, passed away January 15, 1994 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a brief illness.

Helmut was born August 18, 1940 in Berlin, Germany to Erwin and Bertha Rathke. Upon his marriage to Karin Laurenz on July 9, 1960, he immigrated to the United States from East Berlin, which was only a year before the Berlin Wall was built. Helmut and Karin settled in Salt Lake City, and he was continuously employed by Eimco Process Equipment Company since that time.Helmut was loved very much by his family and many friends. Because he traveled abroad extensively on business, Helmut had many friends all over the world. He found pleasure spending time outdoors in the mountains and in southern Utah. He especially enjoyed hot air ballooning, skiing, golf and U of U football. He loved his granddaughters very much and was a second father to Mike Johnson.

His kindness and quick wit will be greatly missed by those who knew him well.

Helmut is survived by his wife, Karin; two sons, Thomas (and wife Shannon) and Christian (and wife Becky); two granddaughters, Katrina and Kelsey; a brother, Lothar (and family); a mother-in-law, Herta Laurenz; a sister-in-law, Barbara Laurenz; his uncles, Walter and Gerhard (wife Martha and family); and his cousins, Klaus, Annelie and Nicholas, and Gertrude Frerking.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 19, 1994, 12 noon at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 Highland Drive, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment will take place at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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