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Gregory Scott Raekes
02/07/1957 — 06/13/2020
Inurnment with Honors
Gregory Scott Raekes
The family welcomes you to a Full Military Interment Graveside Service for Gregory Scott Raekes on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00 am. The Graveside Service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland, WA.
Greg passed away June 13, 2020 at the age of 63. He was born February 7, 1957 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco, WA and is the second child and first son of six children born to Homer and Georgia Raekes.
Greg grew up in Richland, WA and is a true “South Ender.” He attended Lewis and Clark Elementary, Christ the King Catholic School, Carmichael Junior High, and Columbia (Richland) High School. In lieu of graduating in 1975, he instead enlisted in the Marine Corps immediately following his 18th birthday.
Greg honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975-1979 achieving the rank of Corporal. Following his military service he returned to Richland and eventually moved to the Seattle area.
Greg always marched to the beat of his own drum while growing up and was often misunderstood, but in the end his love for his family, friends, animals, and nature always shone through.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Georgia Raekes and Uncle Herb Hobbs. He is survived by his siblings Cheryl Wiggins of Inman, SC; Mary Butterfield (Scott) of Richland, WA; Lori (Dave) Chase of Ronald, WA; Cindy (Kevin Smith) Raekes of E. Wenatchee, WA; and Nicholas Raekes of Richland, WA; Uncles Phil (Mary) Raekes; Jerry (Margie) Hobbs; and Terry Hobbs; and Aunts Kathye (Dennis) Casteneda; Olga Driskell and Helen Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Greg will be laid to rest with his parents at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland.
Greg’s love of animals was nearly equal to that for his family… in lieu of flowers, any donations to organizations benefitting the health and welfare of animals is greatly appreciated.
I used to babysit both Greg and Cheryl and lived down the street from them on Atkins. I have thought of the whole family often. So sorry to hear of Greg’s passing.
I have tbought of Gregg often and frequently. I am happy that he had peace in his life. My condolences to all of you for your loss.
We are very sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose a sibling who you’ve shared your life with. With our sincere condolence to you and your family,
What a loving tribute to Greg. My heart is with you all. I will see you on the 13th as you honor your brother. Janet