Walter P Rath

October 7, 1924July 22, 2018

Walter P. “Wally” Rath, 93, died Sunday July 22 at a Jacksonville, Florida hospital after a short illness.

He was a longtime resident of the Chatham, New York area, where he was a carpenter for many years before moving to Lake Worth, Florida, where he managed an apartment complex for more than 20 years until his retirement.

He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran who later served as commander of American Legion posts in Chatham and Lake Worth.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ida “Belle” Sprague, a son and daughter from his first wife Beverly, Rick Rath and Renee Knight; two sisters, June Strobel and Delores Gebhard and two brothers, Franklin “Mickey” Holt and Jackie Holt.

Survivors include a sister, Janet Herrle and brother, Russell Holt, two sons, Ronald (Kathleen) and Walter (Jean), a daughter, Deidre Trevizo (Francisco), another daughter from his second wife Helen, Trish Smith (Heather); and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date in Lake Worth.

Arrangements are under the care of HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. We encourage to leave words of comfort at


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Lynn Rath

August 1, 2018

I love you and miss you Grandpa ❤️ Rest in Paradise