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ARNOLD “MICKEY” RATHLEV, 89 of LITTLE SILVER, NJ passed away at his home on Thursday, March 12, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.  

Born in Elmhurst, Long Island, Mickey traveled the world before retiring on Blackberry Creek in Long Branch, NJ. Mickey attended Union College, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and co-captain of both the baseball and basketball teams.  He graduated in 1941 as an Electrical Engineer and was immediately commissioned as a US Army officer.  His first assignment took him to London and the British college of Military Science where he helped with the development of the radar.  At that time, the US entered World War II, and Mickey served in the South Pacific supporting General MacArthur’s island-hopping from New Guinea to the Philippines.

After the war, he went to work as an engineer in Bell of PA.  It wasn’t long before he rejoined the Army and went back to war in Korea.  He stayed with the Army until his retirement in 1966 from Fort Monmouth as a Colonel, with assignments up and down the east coast, in Europe and with the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division. Mickey had a second career in the civilian world, at the dawn of the automated data processing and computer age.  He worked for a number of technology companies, ultimately retiring from ITT in 1975. Mickey enjoyed playing golf and bridge, playing his saxophone, and in later years, golfing, crosswords, Sudoku and playing chess.  He especially enjoyed chatting with friends and neighbors.

He is pre-deceased by his wife Catherine and daughter, also Catherine.  He is survived by his son George; his four daughters, Deborah, Elizabeth, Mary and Suzanne and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank on Sunday, March 15th, from 1:00 PM until a Service of Remembrance at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675-8517 or by going on line to http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
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Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740

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