George Allen Raetzke, age 78, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 27th, 2019

raetzkeAmerican_Flag_1_x1000It is with great sadness that the family of George Allen Raetzke announces his peaceful passing in his home after a tireless fight against cancer. George calmly returned to our Lord on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the age of 78 years.

George will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 23 years, Yvonne. George is also survived by: his daughter, Deborah Henson (Kenny), George Alan (Beth), stepdaughters Lisa Kress (Jim), Deborah (Bob Bannon) Smart, Jennifer (Ken Piton) Abanero, and Heather Mages (Jay). George will also be fondly remembered by his fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by: his father, George Albert, mother Florence nee’ Burkhardt, and two brothers, Ralph and Richard.

The sole proprietor of George A. Raetzke Accounting and Tax Service for over forty years, he was also an active member of: the Lombard Businessmen’s Association, Lombard Jaycees, Lions Club International, V.F.W. Post 5815, VietNow, American Legion, and the Illinois Association of Enrolled Agents (IAEI).

A wake for those who wish to pay their respects will be held at the Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday January 31, 2019. A Funeral Service in memory of George will be held on Friday, February1, 2019, lying in state from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with services beginning at 11:00 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross Street, Wheaton, Illinois, with Rev. Dr. Scott A. Bruzek officiating. A private interment will follow in a family plot at Memory Gardens Cemetery In Arlington Heights.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in lieu of flowers in memory of George to the staff who gallantly cared for him at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (in loving memory of George Raetzke; Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital, Voluntary Service, 5000 South 5th Avenue, Hines, Illinois 60141; or https://www.hines.va.gov/giving/index.asp).

For more information 888-629-0094

 

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mel P says:

    Yvonne, my thoughts and prayers remain with you now, as they have done for the last months; and also with George’s family.
    Love always.
    Melanie

  2. Daleen Heffron says:

    Yvonne, please know our thoughts and
    prayers are with you at this time of loss.

  3. Bob Goldin says:

    George and I were close friends back when we were in the Lombard Jaycees and we joined the Lombard Chamber of Commerce at the same time. I have very fond memories of George and am very sad to know he is no longer amongst us. It is always the loved one’s who are left behind that feel the loss. My prayers are for the family, may the Good Lord ease your pain knowing that George is free of pain now.
    Bob Goldin

  4. Margaret Patricks says:

    A prayer that God’s own tender love will bring you comfort in your sorrow. He who understands your grief gives strength for each tomorrow. I have very find memories of George and he always be in my heart. God Bless
    Marge

  5. James Drury/James Berger says:

    Debbie and Family,

    We had hoped to get down to Brust but the weather has not been cooperative for us old duffers. George was our tax man for probably 40 years, and we always enjoyed our annual get-togethers, even though the tax outcomes were not always in our favor! As we were all veterans, so it was always a treat to be with George. We will miss him and our annual meetings, and wish all of you in his family our deepest sympathy. Jim Berger/Jim Drury

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