Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 11, 2014

William Rackow

BUCKLEY — William Rackow, of Buckley, passed away May 8, 2014, at the age of 76.

Bill graduated from Mesick High School and worked for the Grand Traverse Road Commission, from where he retired after 30 years of service.

Bill also farmed while he was employed and continued to do so after his retirement. Farming was something Bill cherished and it was his passion. He and his best farm hand, Margaret, worked side by side for many years doing what Bill loved the most.

When Bill had any spare time he also liked to go camping, hunting and just spending time in the woods.

He also belonged to the Dare All Squares Dance Club and Joy’s of Melody.

All of the area farmers could depend on Bill to offer a helping hand if it was needed. He was always there and ready to help.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Pauline (Uhan) Rackow; brothers, Clarence, Cleo, Charlie and Albert; sister, Rose Mary; and his brother-in-law, Harold Canfield.

He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret “Dolly” Canfield Rackow; daughter, Shelly (Mark) Meinema; son, William (Lisa) Rackow; grandchildren, Joshua Stark, Rachel (Jason) Ewing, Mitchell and Betsy Rackow; step grandchildren, Jacob, Justin, Logan and Landan Meinema; brother and sisters-in-law, Art (Janet) Canfield, Carol Canfield, Helen Wisniewski, Elaine (Joseph) Flees, Linda, Lois and Beverly Rackow.

Visitation will be held at the Grant United Methodist Church in Buckley on Monday, May 12, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will take place at the church on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name may be made to the church.

Please visit to share your memories of Bill.

The family entrusted the care of Bill to the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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