John Earl Rathel, Jr.

John Earl Rathel, Jr., 66, of Salisbury, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at his home.

Born in Delmar, he was the son of the late John Earl Rathel, Sr. and Evelyn Brown.

Earl was a truck driver for over 38 years and was known as "snowman" on the CB radio.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding a four wheeler with his granddaughter.  He loved dancing, singing, and playing guitar at family functions.

John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Karen Lee Jones Rathel; 3 children, John Earl Rathel, III, Stephen Wayne Curtis (Anna), and Linda Ann Lynn Truitt (Frank), all of Salisbury; 3 grandchildren, Ashley Lynn Truitt, Stephen Curtis, Jr., and Taylor Curtis, all of Salisbury; and a brother, Roy Lee Rathel of Willards.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Adkins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 11:00 am at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with a visitation one hour prior to the service.  Officiating will be hospice chaplain, Susannah DeBenedetto.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association and or Coastal Hospice.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804.  Please visit to express condolences to the family.