Commonwealth Journal


January 9, 2013

Roger Rakestraw


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.

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