Perry woman remembers husband by helping travelers
by Dennis Sharkey
When travelers are heading north on Ferguson Road looking for the Ozawkie Cemetery they shouldn’t have any problems finding it.
Sue Rath, Perry, got a call recently from a friend who was confused about where the Ozawkie Cemetery is located. Until last week there was no sign to tell northbound travelers which way to turn.
Rath’s husband, Gary, is buried in the cemetery.
Rath still has trouble talking about Gary who passed away on April 1 of last year.
Gary’s family is from the area and he grew up on his grandfather’s farm not far away and the cemetery was important to him. Rath said her husband always wondered why there wasn’t a sign heading northbound like there was heading toward the south.
After talking with her friend Rath said she began to think about her husband’s concern about a sign and decided to see what she could do.
Rath called the county road and bridge department where she was helped with finding information about a sign. After she found what she needed she purchased two signs including one that says “In memory of Gary Rath” that will be located under the sign telling travelers which way to turn.
The two signs cost about $70. Rath said she didn’t mind paying because remembering her husband was worth so much more.
Friends and family members gathered last Tuesday along Ferguson Road to watch county crews install the signs.
It took the crews only a couple of minutes to put the signs up but the memories will last for years.
“That’s what he wanted and I can’t give him anything else to enjoy,” Rath said. “I thought I would do this for him.”
Rath graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1954 and has two sons, Gary Rath Jr. and Randy, both of Topeka, and three daughters, Valerie Dunn of Valley Falls, and Sheryl Rath and Tamera Barber, both of Topeka. Rath worked many years as a carman for various companies and was 74 at the time of his death.
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