John D. Rattler the first of five children, was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 17, 1965 to the late Sarah Ann and John Henry Rattler.
John accepted Christ at an early age while attending Prairie Avenue Baptist Church under the leadership of Lloyd G. Mangam.
john attended St. Anselm Catholic School. While there, he was a good student and formidable basketball player. wherever he landed, pick-up games in neighborhood playgrounds or in summer league tournaments, he seemed to be drafted to play on a team.
Always athletic and versatile; John saw an interest in football, earned a spot on Englewood High School's football team and excelled at it.
After graduating from Englewood High School in 1983, he went on to serve in the United States Army for eight years. During those years, he was deployed to Operation Desert Storm. At that time, his younger brother James was in the Army as well. Out of all the places James could have been deployed, the Creator saw fit for James to be stationed in Nuremburg, Germany with his big brother.
John, affectionately known as "Ratt", spent his entire professional work career in the Chicago Police Department's District 003 (Greater Grand Crossing) as a detention Aide/TUrn Key where he was well known and liked.
He leaves to cherish in memory: his wife, Chiquita Rattler: four sons; John D Rattler Jr., Jarrell J. Rattler, Daion S. Epps, Clayton L. Hall-Rattler: one granddaughter: Sarah Rattler, four siblings: Frederick Kheperu, pastor James E. Rattler (Barbara Rattler), Larry L. Rattler (Deanna Rattler), Felicia S. Rattler. He leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.