Our J.B. Ratterman & Sons mission
statement continues to stand the test of time: "To provide a
way for every family to physically gather together in the presence
of their prepared loved one, so that they might celebrate a
life-well-lived at a cost they find pleasingly affordable." J.B.
Ratterman & Sons Portland/Downtown is owned and operated by
Emmett A. "Tony" Ratterman Jr.
Its proud tradition of serving Louisville families since 1864 has
James A. Ratterman, Emmett A. Ratterman Sr., Oscar S.
Phillip J. Ratterman and John B. Ratterman Sr. at the helm as
Our West Market Street home stands as Louisville's first funeral
home whose entire first floor level was dedicated to the use of
neighborhood families for gathering together and being
present with one another at lifes most difficult time. The
remodeling plan to accomplish this was done in 1929 by John B.
and his eldest son Phillip.
In 1950 Emmett and Oscar Ratterman added the large east parlor,
to be used by three families simultaneously. In the 1980s
Jim and Tony Ratterman enlarged the raised, landscaped parking lot
all parking needs on the premises.
Ratterman & Sons Southwest was
built in 1974 as a branch location from the original
Ratterman/Portland Funeral Home. It was co-designed by Emmett
Ratterman Sr., Owner, Cornelius Hubbuch, Interior Designer,
and Glenn Hubbuch, Architect; with oversight by Larry
Melillo, Architect. James A., and Emmett A. "Tony"
Ratterman Jr. served as junior advisors. Its Frank
Lloyd Wright prairie style architecture and outside/inside living
spaces made it the unique Louisville funeral home of its
In 2010, Glenn Hubbuch returned to design our spacious "Grand
Chapel" with European alter-cove, high multi-leveled ceiling, and
Frank Lloyd Wright "outside/inside" temperament. Steve
Heine/Cranium Glass completed the window treatment with jeweled
glass layers that show changing colors in the changing light
The Grand Chapel will seat over 175 people comfortably. We
say that it is chosen by "big loving families!"
Some Important Things You Should
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. We serve families of all faiths. We are
committed to honoring the traditions, unique customs of all
individuals with professionalism, respect, integrity and
We provide worldwide service; modern and tasteful appointed
facilities; customized funeral, burial, cremation and memorial
service options; pre-planning arrangement options; Continuing Care
Services; headstone and grave markers; grief and bereavement
lending library of books and videotapes; Memorial Video Tribute
Service; monthly support group meetings - free to everyone; and we
sponsor a Community Service of Remembrance program.
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