Jack Ratekin Obituary

Jack G. Ratekin
Jack Ratekin
Jack G. Ratekin

March 15, 1957 - October 22, 2018
Born in Dubuque, Iowa
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Jack Grason Ratekin, 61, of West Des Moines died Monday, October 22, 2018 in the Oncology Unit at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Jack was born March 15, 1957, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ned and Ruth (O’Dean) Ratekin. He graduated from Cedar Falls, Iowa, High School in 1975, received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa in 1984, and an M.A. degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Iowa in 2007.

Jack served several agencies of the state of Iowa in carrying out communications needs of public relations, marketing, communications management, advertising, and consulting. Agencies served included the Department of Agriculture, Iowa Department of Economic Development, and the Iowa Lottery. He also served as a resource manager, and project analyst for Principal Financial Group and Director of Development for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Jack established the consulting firm JG Ratekin Communications to serve communication needs of businesses in the Des Moines area.

Jack was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, serving as a Ruling Elder and Deacon as well as leading group studies and providing committee service within the Central Iowa Presbytery.

Jack is survived by his father, Ned; his wife, Lori; two brothers, Kent Ratekin (Tricia) of Langley, Washington, and Joel Ratekin (Angie) of Nashville, Tennessee; stepdaughter, Ashley Bellmyer (Todd) of Westminster, Colorado; stepson, Tyler Nelson of West Des Moines, Iowa; nieces, Shonee Hightower (Michael) of Bothwell Washington, Lindsay Graham (Matt) of Noblesville, Indiana, Elizabeth Reeves (Weston) of Chesterfield, Virginia, Stephanie Ratekin of Richmond, Virginia, and Hannah Ratekin of Lakewood, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth O’Dean Ratekin.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines. The funeral service will be followed by refreshments and time for sharing by family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be directed to: Mercy Cancer Center, Iowa Public Television and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, October 25, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Friday, October 26, 2018
10:30 AM


Mercy Cancer Center c/o Mercy Hospital
411 Laurel
Des Moines, IA 50314
Iowa Public Television
6450 Corporate Drive PO Box 6450
Johnston, IA 50131
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2915 Glenn Ave,
Sioux City, IA United States 51106