Charles Ray Raasch

Charles R. Raasch, age 84, passed away quietly Saturday, October 5, 2019 at home in Lawson, Mo.

Charlie was born on March 7, 1935 in Carrol County, Mo., son of Raymond C. and Opal M. (Brioady) Raasch.

Charlie was married to Juanita Diehl on November 12, 1999, who survives.

Charlie started out working as a printer for The Kansas City Star.  In the early 70s, he opened Raasch Western Wear in Lawrence, Kans.  He spent many years taking care of everyone’s western wear and equestrian needs. Charlie then went all across the country leasing Genie quick start units to car lots and machine shops before retiring. His real love was horses. Whether he was training, showing, or just trail riding – this is when he was happiest. Charlie and Juanita always went on at least 2 or 3 week long trail rides each year.  This is where they could enjoy riding horses, camping, and spending time with friends.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Juanita Diehl of Lawson, Mo; stepchildren, Sherri (Diehl) Hastings and husband, Dale of Lawson, Mo., and Darrin Paul and wife, Tracie of Bothell, Wash.;  grandchildren, Brooke Raasch of Kansas City, Mo., Brandie Raasch of Paris, France, and Shawn Raasch of Topeka, Kans.; stepgrandchildren, Kassandra Murray of Kansas City, Mo., Cody Hastings of Rayville, Mo., Melissa Lehman of Rayville, Mo., and Hailie and Hannah Paul of Bothell, Wash.; and special friends, Tom and Cheryl Lindsay, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Charlie was proceeded in death by both of his parents; his twin brother, Paul; as well as his son, Kevin.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, Mo. Graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019 at DeWitt Evergreen Cemetery, DeWitt, Mo. Following graveside service, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at the DeWitt Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, Charlie has asked that contributions to be made to Alzheimer’s research or the DeWitt Community Center.

Our Sincere Condolences

Hey Charlie, Dear friend,you have an early start on the last trail ride, you can count on us coming along the trail shortly, watch for us. God Bless. RIP.
A couple your trail buddies, Wayne & Ruth

We will really miss that onery grin and great laugh you had.  You were a happy, warm loving friend we rode many times with you and Juanita and you taught us a lot about camping with horses. So glad we have great memories of showing with you in novice class and trying different restaurants with the Gormet Gobblets.  We laughed so much and had great times with great friends. The good Lord took you home and keeping you surrounded with peace and love.
Warren and Sharon Kearney