Farming Rural 18

Phillip Dean Raske

May 22, 1928 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 92)


     Phillip Dean Raske, 92, of St. Louis, MI, passed away after a brief illness Monday, November 9, 2020, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center - Gratiot.

     Phillip was born in Bethany Township, MI, on May 22, 1928, the son of Lewis A. and Bessie L. (White) Raske. He graduated from St. Louis High School with the class of 1947.

     On August 21, 1949, Phil married Doris Maxine Cole. They were married 48 years prior to her passing on September 18, 1997. On April 4, 2000, Phil was "doubly blessed" to marry Marilouise Williams at the First United Methodist Church, St. Louis, MI. They celebrated 20 years of marriage this year.

     Phil was a lifelong farmer. He worked for Alma Products for 28 years before retiring in 1996. After retirement, he started his second career as a fraternal communicator for Gleaner Life Insurance Society until he retired again in 2016. Phil also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and was an active member of the Lions' Club, St. Louis Historical Society, and many other service organizations. In 2000, Phil was honored with the Spirit of St. Louis award.

     Phil was a kind man with a heart to serve others. His faith and love for God shaped everything he did. His involvement in his community blessed everyone he met.  He was a member of the St. Louis First United Methodist Church for over 70 years where he was involved in many things.  Phil loved his family and cherished his time with them.

     Phil is survived by his wife Marilouise, daughter Tina (Kevin) Leonard of St. Louis, 2 step-daughters: Nancy Williams and Karen Williams, 7 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  Phil was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Doris, son Keith, and 2 sisters.

     The family requests that memorials be made to the Gratiot Community Personal Needs Pantry, St. Louis United Methodist Church - 116 S. Franklin St., St. Louis, MI 48880. Online condolences may be left at The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI.

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