Frank Conrad Raasch, 87, of Goodhue, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 201, at his home.
He was born on July 12, 1924, in Red Wing, the son of George and Lillian (Hernlem) Raasch. He was baptized at home and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church. Frank graduated from Goodhue High School in 1942. He married Joann Marilyn Gillette on August 19, 1951, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Stoddard, WI. He farmed on the family farm until retiring in 1988. He was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church, a member of the Lions Club, held different church offices, served on dairy boards and committees. He enjoyed going to the cabin on Lake Ida, auctions, fishing, farming, playing cards, and dancing in his younger years. Frank loved the Lord and his church. His family and grandchildren were also important to him.
Frank is survived by his wife, Joann Raasch of Goodhue; son, George (Sandra) Raasch of Bellechester; daughter, Mary (Dennis) Pierson of Lake City; son, Timothy (Linda) Raasch of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Beth (Mark) Krohn of Wausau, WI; foster son, Tom (Joyce) Jackson of Red Wing; 14 grandchildren, Frank R. and Heidi, Raasch, Katrina Piller, Ben Raasch, Tessa, Evan, and Riley Pierson, John Raasch, Michelle Braun, Betsy Raasch Michael, Melissa, Blaine, and Klayton Krohn; 8 great-grandchildren, Lillian, Gustaf, Elsie Raasch, Sophia Braun, Micah Piller, Croix Krohn, Bianca Raasch, Isaiah Wiebelhaus; cousins, nieces, and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Lunde and Erna Adolphson.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec., 23, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church in rural Goodhue with Reverend Andy Krause officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Mahn Family Funeral Home-Larson Chapel and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church or to the Lions Eye Bank for research. www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.