Roger Ellis Rakestraw was born June 3, 1947. He passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, his mother's birthday.
Roger was preceded in death by Harris Z. Rakestraw, Jr. and Louise Crawford Rakestraw Orwin.
He is survived by Hannon and Lisa Rakestraw and their children, John Hannon, his daughter, Olivia Hannon, Luke Harris, and Jeffrey Brandon Warner; Harris and Connie Rakestraw, III and their children, Angel Louise and her son, Benjamin Howard, Joy Belle and Jimmy Dan Carroll, and their daughter, Mollee Belle; Anne Crawford and Oliver Duncan and their children, Aaron Grant and Olivia Crawford.
He is also survived by his precious friend, Judy Rushlander, as well as friends and staff at Stewart Home School in Frankfort, Ky.
Roger loved his mother and his family, always looking forward to visiting in their homes. He relished being surrounded by his loved ones. He could tell you the dates of events that occurred within the family better than anyone. He had an excellent mind for detail and facts. Because he grew up with his father in the timber business, Roger took tremendous pride in his job at the Woodworking Shop, and was still talking of going back to work during his last days.
We remember his passion for his sporting awards, service in his church, and his participation in extracurricular activities at school. He loved walking, playing basketball and bowling. He was always talking about fishing and golf. He was active in the Special Olympics, and attended the Jesus Prom and other events. He always looked forward to the sporting events during Parents' Weekend. He was so proud of all of his accomplishments.
Roger's love of family was evident in his room. He adored his framed pictures and certificates.
We will miss the phone calls telling us all about what he had been doing that week, trips he had been on, the awards he had won, and his love for his precious girlfriend: Judy Rushlander.
Roger was intricately wired by God to be unique and special. All who he touched came to know how special he was. We tried to have an impact on his life; but the reality is he had an impact on ours. Though Roger was a crippled lamb from birth, it is with surety that he was a whole being as he walked into the gates of heaven and into the arms of Jesus.
Roger was a member of the Church of Ascension in Frankfort, Ky.
Roger's homegoing celebration of life service will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 at Stewarts Home School in Frankfort, Ky.
A private graveside service will be held Friday, Jan. 11. Interment will be in the Burnside Cemetery.
The family request that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Special Olympics, #140, 1230 Libery Bank Lane, Louisville, Ky., 40222 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, Ky., 40504.
Somerset Undertaking & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the at www.somersetundertaking.com.