James W. Raschke, 92, of Valparaiso passed away peacefully at home with his family on Sunday, January 15, 2023. He was born October 14, 1930 in LaPorte to William & Elenora (Massom) Raschke, graduated from Wanatah High School in 1949, and served proudly with the U.S. Army from 1951 -53. James made his career as a Pipefitter with Local #597 for 25 years, retiring in 1992. He had many fond memories of the many trips made to Mamie’s home in Oklahoma where the camping and fishing exploits became legendary.
On May 2, 1953 he married Mamie Fritts who survives along with their children; Denis (Barb) Raschke, Rhonda (Alan) Monnier & Don (Ann) Raschke all of Valparaiso, 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers & 2 sisters.
A visitation will be held Friday, January 20th from 9 – 11 am at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 11:00 am, Rev. William Foy officiating and burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the VNA of Northwest Indiana.
How fortunate I was to have met Uncle Jim. He had such a welcoming way about him, he always made me feel like I was at home. My condolences. -Trish Boudens-Fritts
When I think of Uncle Jim, I see his huge, warm, genuine smile. You always felt he was truly happy to see you. I never remember him not in a positive mood. A great man who will be missed by all who knew him. -James Naron
Virginia, I'm so sorry to read about Jim. We had good times playing cards when kids young and keeping in touch over the years. I'm so sorry. -Anne Egolf
I was Jim's neighbor for 17 years. The one thing I could always count on was him sitting on his porch. How he loved sitting outside just talking with his wife. I could always expect a wave from him and Maime as I would go for walk. I also would go over for a few minutes to sit on the porch with them. Every dog I had would come up and rest at Jim's feet He had such a peaceful personality, and an enduring love for God, FAMILY, and Country. I'm going to miss those waves from the porch the most. I will still wave you when I walk my dogs. I will just look to sky and I know you'll wave back. I love you. -- Kathy Rock
So sorry for your loss. Another Blalock member gone. Condolences Denis and Barbie. -JAMES D SAUNDERS