Kind, generous, funny, and dedicated are words that come to mind when I remember my friend, Chip Rathwell.
A Vietnam Veteran, Chip served his country honorably and selflessly. A knowledgeable teacher, historian, friend, and family man, Chip was dedicated to all of his endeavors and those around him. He passed from this world on May 29, 2016.
Following is a brief history compiled by Lorain County historian and genealogist Jeff Sigsworth: “Cousin Irving Merle “Chip” Rathwell, Jr. (1947-2016) of Amherst, U.S. Navy veteran, longtime teacher (particularly spending years in the field of welding), Amherst Historical Society Trustee, and my colleague at Monday night Amherst Historical Research Group meetings. Condolences to and prayers for his wife of 43 years, Cathy J. (Zakutny) Rathwell, his children, and extended family. Chip was a son of Irving M. Sr. & Doris L. (Moore) Rathwell; grandson of Edwin E. & Eva Fannie (Edwards) Rathwell; great-grandson of Thomas & Eliza Jane (McRoberts) Rathwell; and great-great-grandson of James & Prudence (Clark) McRoberts of Springfield & Hubbardton, Vt., and Pittsfield Twp., Lorain Co., Ohio.”
In 2013 Chip donated significant artifacts to the New Indian Ridge Museum, which, of note, allowed for our Paleo display to grow and encompass two Paleo-era artifacts that were found right here in Lorain County. These pieces, found on his family farm by his father, and the information they provide for local archaeology are beyond monetary value. That is why the Paleo display in the Museum will now be known as the “Chip Rathwell First Americans Paleo Display,” in honor of our good friend, Chip Rathwell and his steadfast support in the documentation and preservation of local, early history. He will be missed but not forgotten. Particularly, each of us ought to remember his self-less service to our country.
Photos courtesy Charlie Marty.