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“I know it has been a while since you passed. I have spent a few days with my grandma and she is just getting back to sleeping right. I remember when...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Elisabeth Duffy - Colome, SD

“Very sorry to hear of the unexpected passing of Clarence. He had recently contacted me regarding the Raschke genealogy, and we were working to find...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: John S. Raschke - Springfield, IL, IL

“I was so sorry to hear of Clarence's death. What a sad time for all of you....No matter OUR age, or THEIRS--it's tough to lose a parent. I remember...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Lynn Senftner - Onida, SD

“I want to express my sympathy to the family. I have many great memories with Clarence. He and Carol, Rod, Sherry and Claude will always have a...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Russ Harter - Harrisburg, SD

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Raschke family. I really didn't know Clarence that well, just the times when he would call the plant to...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Starla Endsley - Alliance, NE

“Been thinking of all of you since I learned of Clarence's passing...have always had such a special bond with him since we built the bowling alley. ...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Bobbie Voegeli - Winner, SD

“Rod: Sorry to hear of your dad's unexpected death. May God's love wrap you in His arms and bring you peace, strength, and healing.Sandy ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Sandy Stocklin Hook - Pierre, SD

“Aunt Carol and family, we will miss Uncle Clarence's smile and laughter! Very fond memories will always be retained and treasured forever! Wish we...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Mike and Becky Nitz - Delaware, OH

“Thinking of you Carol! Will miss that white pickup coming up the road and his smile and friendly wave. The kids will miss him too. Take care! Your...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Tammy Meyer - Winner, SD

“I have many special memories of Clarence - especially a great visit with him last week. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Caren ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Caren Flynn - Winner, SD - friend

“Aunt Carol, and familyWe are very sorry to hear about Uncle Clarance. Our thoughts and prayers arewith you, and I feel bad that we won't be able to...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Jim & Connie Moore - Springfield, MO

“We will miss you very much dad. You were the most giving, caring, hard working man i have ever known. You loved us so much. Watch over Saydee. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sherry Foss - pierre, SD

“The Ron Hossle family just want to let you know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers... ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: LaWaynie Hossle - Hamill, SD

“I will never forget Clarence. I so enjoyed working with him at Gateway Sprayers, from the time I was a kid. I know I drove Clarence nuts, especially...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Patty Flynn - Winner, SD

Clarence Lloyd Raschke was born January 8, 1939 to John and Elsie Raschke in Gregory, SD. He grew up in Gregory and attended school in Gregory. From a young age he enjoyed working with his father on the farm. He also enjoyed helping others in the community, a quality he carried throughout his life. Clarence held the school long jump record for 35 years until broken by Jon Vedral. He was proud the record was kept by a Dixon boy. After graduation he joined the National Guard, where he served from 1957 thru 1963.

In the late 60's Clarence started his aerial spraying career working for George Grubbs. For a short time he worked for Farner Trucking. Then he began spraying for Dennis Flynn at Gateway Aerial Sprayers which he and Carol bought later in the mid 70's. Clarence was trusted by his customers for over thirty years and was now spraying for the second generation of farmers. In the fall when the spraying was finished and the harvest started, Clarence would run combines and other equipment for area farmers. He also took care of his own farm.

On August 6, 1966, Clarence married Carol Ragan in East Moline, IL. Clarence eagerly adopted Carol's children, Sherry and Rod. Stepping in to help, Clarence and Carol later adopted Claude into their family. Clarence enjoyed going to the river and boating, skiing, and fishing with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing cards and was an avid reader. He read many Louis L'Amour western series several times over. Clarence also enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He and Carol enjoyed watching their kids in sporting events and other school activities. Clarence loved each and every one of his 7 grandkids and 8 great grandkids. He would willingly share a story and a smile when the subject of his grandchildren would come up.

Clarence died unexpectedly at his home in Winner on June 14,2012. At this time Clarence was still spraying every day during the spray season when the weather would allow. He was also getting ready for the Summer harvest and looking forward to the Fall harvest as well. Clarence touched the lives of many people of all ages. Once you were a friend of Clarence's, you had a friend for life. And when it came to family, you could count on Clarence's help whether you were immediate or extended family.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elsie; two brothers, Albert and Walt; an infant brother, Roy; great granddaughter, Saydee Lynn Dewell; and sister-in-law, Blanche.

He is survived by Carol, his wife of almost 46 years; a daughter Sherry (Kelly) Foss, Pierre, SD; two sons, Rod Raschke, Winner, SD, and Claude Raschke, Winner, SD; grandchildren, Jenn (Chad Duffy), Colome, SD, Matt Foss, Pierre, SD, Raelynn (Cody) Dewell, Pierre, SD, Andrew (Morgan) Raschke, Highlands Ranch, CO, Allison Raschke, Highlands Ranch, CO, Danyelle Raschke, Ringgold, GA, and Denver Raschke, Ringgold, GA; great grandchildren, Elisabeth, Owen, and Broden Duffy, Izzabell and Layndon Dewell, Peyton and Emelie Raschke, and Wyatt Raschke; one sister, Betty Pharris, San Diego, CA; sister-in-law, Violet Raschke, Gregory, SD; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Don and Rosie Smith, Joyce Heath, and Harold Haines, and numerous other friends and relatives.

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High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

-Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No. 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

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Funeral services for Clarence Raschke of Winner, SD, were held Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory with Pastor Jerry Troester officiating. A visitation was held Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory.

Music was provided by Bob Wik, soloist, singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and by Geoff Smith, soloist, singing "On Eagles Wings" and "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Melanie Hannahs, organist. Congregational hymns were "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "Abide with Me."

Rita Neyens and Ardith Bice were in charge of registration. Flower attendants were Sayna Gregg and Linda Nelson.

Casket bearers were Darrell Raschke, Ron Raschke, Ray Neyens, Don Bice, Glenn Cook, John Raschke, Virgil Raschke, Lonnie Burnham, and Kirk Miller.

Honored guests were Clarence's friends too numerous to mention and the Class of '57.

Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery, Burke, SD. Military honors by the Gregory American Legion. Fly over by Terry Grubbs.