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Dennis D. Rathman

June 8, 1949 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Dennis Rathman Obituary

Dennis Dean Rathman of Ashland, MA passed away in the Brookdale Cushing Park’s Memory Care Unit, Framingham, MA on Saturday February 3, 2024.  He is pre-deceased by his loving wife, Chuna Rathman.  Surviving are Chuna's sons Tommy and Sean Harden and 5 granddaughters, brothers Terry Rathman of Gastonia, NC and David Rathman, Reading, PA, 2 nieces and 2 nephews.  Dennis was the son of William and Miriam Rathman who are pre-deceased.

Dennis grew up in Fleetwood PA with a varied array of a blend of sports, science/math and music.  He attended the Fleetwood School District starting with trumpet lessons in 4th grade, participated in several musical groups throughout his secondary education, played in trumpet trios in churches with his brothers and in the Fleetwood Bible Fellowship Church orchestra.   He played Midget Baseball.  In Senior High School he lettered in golf.  He graduated from Fleetwood Senior High School in 1967.  He joined the Reading Buccaneers Sr. Drum and Bugle Corp of Reading, PA. and was a soprano soloist in the 1968 Championship in Rochester, N.Y.  His  love for drum corp continued through his life and he followed the DCI International Drum Corp. He excelled in basketball and participated in pick-up games and attended the Basketball Legends Camp of the Boston Celtics in 1988.  He loved sharing his extensive knowledge of Christian apologetics and generously supported churches and various organizations that shared the Gospel.   

He entered Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PA in 1967.  He participated in their Marching and Concert Bands during the 4 years he was at Kutztown State College.  He graduated with a BA Degree in 1971 with honors.  He entered Lehigh University in 1971 receiving a MS Degree in 1974 and a PhD degree in 1979. Dennis joined the Microelectronics Group of Lincoln Labs of MIT, Lexington, MA in Research and Development in 1979.

Dennis retired in 2019 after 40 years of service.  He passed away on February 3, 2024 at the Brookdale Facility, Framingham, MA.  Collins Funeral Home will host the Celebration of Life Sharing Time at 1 to 3 P.M. on February 17, 2024 at 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough, MA. 60628.


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