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Martin "Marty" Edward Ratermann
October 13, 1952 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Martin Edward Ratermann was born to Edward and Margaret (Buschard) Ratermann on October 13, 1952, in St. Louis, MO.
Martin was raised on a small working farm in north St. Louis County. Putting up hay, feeding cows and calves, and working in the tomato fields was part of his upbringing. He followed behind his Uncle Aloys and his father, both carpenters, to watch and see how things got done. When his time was his own, he would search through an old barn for what he needed to fix a gate, build a birdhouse or his clubhouse.
After high school, he traveled for a year then he settled into working for a carpenter in St. Louis. Shortly thereafter he began working for a contractor in Kansas City, MO where his girlfriend, Gwen, was attending college. After they married, they came to central Missouri where he worked his trade. But soon he started a woodworking business that included carpentry, architectural woodwork, and heirloom furniture.
Marty was always willing to give of his time; he spent many weekends working on houses for Habitat for Humanity, and woodworking with disadvantaged boys through the HALO Foundation. He donated countless furniture pieces to charity events and fundraisers. Martin enjoyed gardening, the outdoors, making furniture, music and playing fingerstyle guitar.
He leaves his loving and dedicated wife, Gwen (Clegg); his loving, supportive and dear daughters, and sons-in-law: Sarah Ratermann and Brian Beahan, Elizabeth and Chase Malin; and his dearest granddaughter, Elly Malin; many wonderful friends and family.
Martin was eternally grateful for all his wonderful caregivers, family, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The family will be hosting a memorial and celebration of life on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Mt. Nebo Inn in Rocheport, Missouri from 3:00-4:30pm.