Donald A. Rathel

January 11, 1935September 11, 2013

Donald A. Rathel, Sr., died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday September 16, 2013 in the chapel of Striffler-Hamby, 3770 Hwy 431 N., Phenix City, AL with Rev. Brad McDaniel officiating. Burial with U.S. Navy honors will follow in Lakeview Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 3:00pm until 5:00pm at the funeral home. Mr. Rathel was born January 11, 1935 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. He is the son of the late Fletcher Costin and Dovie Mitchell Rathel. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a member of New Beginnings Fellowship Church and was retired from Golden Flake Snack Foods. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jo Rathel, brothers, Ben Rathel and Denford Rathel and his son-in-law, Steve Studds. Survivors include his sons, Donald A. Rathel, Jr. and wife Judy, Mike Rathel and daughter Alicia Studds all of Phenix City, AL, brothers, Burnie Rathel of Dozier, AL, Dwight Rathel of Red Level, AL, sisters, Dorothy Dean of Dozier, AL, Florence Watkins of Andalusia, AL, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. To offer condolences, please visit


  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Freeda Elliott Wainwright

September 30, 2013

Family, Don was one of my cherished friends at Golden Flake. I will always remember many memories of our Golden Flake days. He was one of a kind. I knew Ms. Jo also and would have to call her at times to get him. We shared a lot of laughs and good times. After meeting his family, I know they raised you right and from good stock, so as long as you trust God, you and I will see him one sweet day. May God Bless you until we meet again.

Susan Pickett

September 16, 2013

Don, Judy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your father's death. You are in my prayers.

Julie Hicks State Farm Ins.

September 16, 2013

Mike, Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Keith Rumph

September 15, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Amy Ponder

September 14, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Russell (Buddy)/Rachel Horne

September 14, 2013

So sorry about Don's dad. Praying for you all.

Louise Cherry (Miller)

September 14, 2013

Don, Judy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your Family.

Selina Beasley Owens

September 14, 2013

Don, Judy & Family,
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this time for Comfort. Peace & Strength for days ahead.

Susan Baldwin

September 14, 2013

Don, Judy and family,

I send my sincerest condolences on the loss of Mr. Rathel. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If I can ever help you in any way, please contact me. I know you will miss him dearly, but he is in a much better place now with Jesus and Mrs. Rathel and no longer in any pain. May God be with you now and forever.

Susan Slay Baldwin, CHS Class of 1968