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OBITUARY: Thomas Peter Rath

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Thomas Peter Rath, 33, had a smile that would light up a room. Unfortunately, that light was dimmed at the hands of others, and he left his family and friends behind on May 21st, 2023.  

Tommy, as he was best known, had a love for everything that nature had to offer. In his younger years,  you could find him cliff diving, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, golfing, hunting or fishing. He was  very close to his friends and when they would get together, Tommy was definitely the life of the party. 

He had an unforgettable smile that lit up the room. Tommy’s life changed for the better in 2017 with the  birth of his daughter, Malaya Harper Rath. He wore the badge of Girl Dad proudly. He traded his younger  wild side for tutus and hair bows and his camo for Disney Princesses.  

He followed in his grandfather and father’s footsteps and began a career as a floor layer. He spent many  years working with his Dad and Uncle, William Covey, who was more like a brother to him. They traveled  the country, building and remodeling hotels. Once his father put down the tools, Tommy joined the  Carpenter’s Union and continued working in this profession.  

Thomas Peter Rath was born on July 20, 1989, to Thomas G. Rath and Dawn (Fuller) Flynn who both  survive. Tommy was fortunate to gain a bonus mom, Alicia Rath and stepfather Dwayne Flynn. He was  the oldest brother to Kody Flynn, Carleigh Madden, Lauren Hoover, and Greyson Rath. Tommy leaves  behind his beloved Aunt, Jennifer Salone, as well as his maternal Aunts Sandy Doriss and Sandra Miner. He was loved by many family members and friends and is survived by his bonus Aunts Melinda Covey,  Anna Covey, and Kathy Covey. Thomas Peter was preceded in death by his Grammy, Doris Covey and  Grandpa, Peter Rath. He also was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gordon and Beverly  Fuller. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the MacDougall Sportsman’s Club on October 14th from 5pm to 9 pm.  The family asks that you dress down as they celebrate Tommy’s mark on this world and wear your  favorite flannel. The family will provide Norway Spruce seedlings for anyone who wishes to plant a tree  in his honor. This tree was specifically chosen as it symbolizes a legacy of peace, strength, and reflection. 

Our sincerest thanks to all the men and women of law enforcement who spent countless hours bringing  Tommy “home” to his family. His family will forever be internally grateful for the unwavering dedication  to finding the answers needed to bring justice, closure and honor for our loved one.