William “Bill” Rath


William Carl Rath, 87, of Grand Forks, ND passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Valley Senior Living on Columbia in Grand Forks.

William “Bill” Rath was born on May 22, 1935, the son of Carl and Anna (Wentz) Rath, at the family home, near Munich, ND. He was raised near Clyde, ND and graduated from Clyde High School. He went on to obtain an Associates degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating from the North Dakota State School of Science. William married Helen Lazur on November 12, 1988, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.

Bill was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks. He enjoyed carpentry, furniture building, and UND basketball games.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; his children, Shawn (Kristen) Rath, Missoula, MT, Shannon (Andrew) Minniti, Fargo, ND, Brian (Emilie) Rath, Lake Park, MN, Michael (Kay) Lazur, Reynolds, ND, Jill Lazur, Knoxville, TN: siblings, Janet McArthur, Carol Jean Downs, Leonard (Inez) Rath, Kathleen (Marty) Smith, Phyllis Salacinski and Bruce Rath; grandchildren, Carlie Sessing, Zachary Armstrong, Molly Hanson, Michael Rath, Myer Rath, Brolin Rath, Sophia Minniti, Amelia Minniti, Brooklynn Lazur and Hailey Lazur.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Terri Armstrong-Hanson and Carrie Lynn Rath and a brother, Vernon Rath.

Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2022, in the Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel, 2950 South Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND

Visitation: One hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Friday.

Burial: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Hawley Cemetery, Hawley, MN.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)

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