Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 13, 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 which 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 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 spend time in the woods. He also belonged to the Dare All Squares Dance Club and Joy’s Melodies. All of the area farmers could depend on Bill to offer a helping hand if it were 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; a sister, Marilyn Wareham of Interlochen; brother- and sisters-in-law, Art (Janet) Canfield, Carol Canfield, Helen Wisniewski, Elaine (Joseph) Flees, Linda, Lois and Beverly Rackow.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Grant United Methodist Church in Buckley. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the church. The family entrusted the care of Bill to the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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

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