History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Joe and Cletus Ratterman were third generation funeral directors. They were raised and lived above the funeral home at 2114 Market Street. Upon returning from service in the U. S. Navy during World War II, Joe and Cletus, with their dad's help, purchased the old Blanford Funeral Home at 2815 S. 4th Street in the Churchill Downs neighborhood. Joe and his wife Cabby Ratterman lived in the upstairs above the funeral home until she became pregnant with her 5th child. The family outgrew the space and moved to a home in the Iroquois Park neighborhood to raise their eventual 10 children.

In 1977, after Cletus retired, Joe designed and built the 7336 Southside Drive Funeral Home. They lived above this funeral home for 10 years then moved to a home across from Iroquois Park, staying in the South End.

Joe's eldest son Joe Jr. joined the family business in 1982. He and his wife Stella also still live in the South End. In 2002, their son Joe III, also known as Joey, who owned a home in the nearby Fairdale community joined the family business as the fifth generation funeral director. As a result the Joe Ratterman family is known by many as a family that offers an alternative to high cost and a resource for information dealing with caskets, vaults, cremation, urns, cemetery plots, resale of plots, veteran benefits, Medicaid requirements, and much more.

Rattermans is not part of a regional or national funeral conglomerate headquartered outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are family owned and operated funeral homes that have been faithfully serving needs of Louisville area families since 1864.

Our Valued Staff

  • Joseph E . Ratterman Jr.

    Joseph E . Ratterman Jr. Vice President

    Licensed funeral director/embalmer
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, finance council board member
    DeSales High School, graduate of 1965
    University of Louisville Business School, graduate of 1969
    U.S. Army Medic, 5010th US Army Hospital Unit
    Knights of Columbus, McKune Council
    Captains Quarters Marina, former board member
    Iroquois Area Business Association, board member
    South Louisville Business Association, board member
    Parkridge Place Neighborhood Association, board member
    Numerous funeral related organizations, board member
    Married, 3 children; 3 grandchildren

  • Joseph E. Ratterman  III

    Joseph E. Ratterman III President

    Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer
    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
    DeSales High School, Graduate of 1994
    University of Louisville Business School. Graduate of 1998
    Mid America College of Funeral Service, Graduate of 2005
    Knights of Columbus, McKune Council
    Fall Cities Funeral Directors Association-Past President
    Married; 3 children

  • Trish Ratterman

    Trish Ratterman Funeral Director & Pre-need Counselor

  • Owen  Leitsch

    Owen Leitsch Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Kentucky and Indiana

    Eastern High School, Graduate of 1996
    Mid America College of Funeral Service, Graduate of 1999
    Married to Allyse Leitsch

  • Brandon M. Murphy

    Brandon M. Murphy Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in Kentucky and Ohio

    Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduate of 2007

  • Terry  Cardwell

    Terry Cardwell Office Manager

    Presentation Academy High School
    Married, 2 children; 1 granddaughter

  • Ron Block

    Ron Block Chapel Duty

  • Allyse Leitsch

    Allyse Leitsch Funeral Director/Embalmer

  • Lori Ryan

    Lori Ryan Office Administrator

  • Cathy Felton

    Cathy Felton Office Administrator

  • Pam Stone

    Pam Stone Chapel Duty

  • Deacon Gary Fowler

    Deacon Gary Fowler Funeral Director/Minister

  • Del Black

    Del Black Funeral Director/Embalmer

  • James Marking Jr.

    James Marking Jr. Chapel Duty

  • Kathryn Marking

    Kathryn Marking

  • Michael Cinnamon

    Michael Cinnamon Chapel Duty

  • Charles Burden

    Charles Burden Chapel Duty

  • Frances Marking

    Frances Marking Chapel Duty