About Us | Joseph E. Ratterman & Son

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

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 "Joey" 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 member
Iroquois Heights Neighborhood Association
2 children

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  Murphy

Brandon Murphy, Licensed funeral director/embalmer in Kentucky and Ohio

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduate of 2007
Married, 3 children

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