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Jerome “Jerry” John Ratke, age 87 of Corcoran, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2022.  He was born January 13th, 1935 in Alberta Township, Benton County, Minnesota to John and Clara (Knapek) Ratke.

Jerry graduated from Foley High School in 1953.  He served in the United States Army from 1954-1957.  While in the Army, he received training to become a machinist.  He went on to marry Sharon Krebsbach of Garrison, North Dakota on June 6, 1964. They started their married life in New Hope.  After being blessed with four sons, they purchased land in Corcoran in 1970. The next couple years were spent building their home where they could farm a little, have a few animals, plenty of space for a big garden and for the kids to run and play.  A few years later they welcomed their only daughter.

Jerry enjoyed spending time with family and time outdoors.  He loved gardening and trips to the woods to check for trees that needed to be cut down for firewood. He also enjoyed fishing, especially in North Dakota.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara Ratke and sister Janice Jurek. Brother-in-laws Ralph (Arlene) Boeckman, Allen (RoseAnn) Meyer.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 58 years; children, Glenn (Aileen) Ratke, Paul Ratke, David (Lynn) Ratke, Craig (Liz) Ratke, and Gina (Reece) Hoff; 8 grandchildren, Jamie, Jess, Joe, Trevor, Megan, Lexie, Kaylyn and Kelly; 3 great-grandchildren, Peyton, Evelyn, Bryce and one on the way; brother Richard (Judy) Ratke; sisters, Arlene Boeckman, RoseAnn Meyer, and Carol (Larry) Faber; brother-in-law Harold Jurek and many nieces and nephews.

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