George E. Raske age 73, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2021, after battling a year long illness, He was preceded in death by his brothers Gilbert (Barb) Raske, Ronald Raske, parents Mae and George Raske. Survived by his beloved wife/partner Barbara Kamper, his brother Denny (Renee) Raske, sister in law Phyllis Raske, multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and special friends.
George was a Vietnam Veteran, Retired Fireman/Paramedic for the Village of Oak Lawn. He was an avid golfer, racquetball player achieving A status. He loved to sail, scuba dive and was proud of being a pilot.
After his previous lives, George chose to give all that security up to become an entrepreneur. He dragged his partner/wife Barbara from the warm confines of her family, friends and career in Chicago to the wilds of northern Michigan where they purchased a rock garden of a golf course. They for the next 30 years cut grass, moved pins and tees, relocated trees, converted a pole barn from a bar to a true club house. They took that rock garden and built it into a true golf course with extremely challenging greens. There was not a flat spot on them, and if you hooked or sliced your ball on a fairway you had to fight the corn fields to get back on the fairway. When the winds came out of the east, you knew you were in the middle of nowhere when the smell of future fertilizer wafted across the course as a gift from the Millers Dairy Farm across the gravel road. “Life was good” dreams where made and through it all George still found time to play competitive racquetball where he had achieved A status. George was a diehard sports enthusiast for Chicago Teams. The Bears, Cubs, Bulls and Northwestern University Wild Cats. This was displayed by Chicago Teams always on the club house TV’s even though the course was 2 hours north of Detroit. George had absolute control of the remote. As Frank Sinatra sang in one of his most popular songs, “George did it his way!”
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing George probably thought he was unbelievably stubborn, but in reality he was a man of principals and conviction who loved to debate. Did not matter what the subject was. He will never be forgotten and forever remembered in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to know the man named
We were blessed and he WILL be missed.
A Memorial Service and Inurnment will be held at 2:30 pm Tuesday August 31, 2021 at Great Lakes National Cemetery 4200 Belford Road, Holly Michigan, 48442 Due to Cemetery Covid regulations please notify the family if you are planning to attend the service.
Arrangements for George are under the care of Debbie Zefran Jerry Funeral Director and Friend.
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