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Ramon F. Rasch

Ramon Frederick “Ray” Rasch, 71, of Belleville, IL, born July 27, 1939, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at his home. 

Mr. Rasch was a facility engineer for Johnson Controls. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Cahokia, IL.  Since the late 1950’s, Ray, along with his father and brothers, ran Gravely Tractors, a lawn mower sales and service company in Belleville. He enjoyed his time serving as assistant Scoutmaster for Ramon’s Boy Scout troop, Troop 53 in Belleville.  He also enjoyed taking his family, Carolee, Ramon, Melanie, and Danny, camping over the years.  Mr. Rasch served his country in the Illinois National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolee Ann, nee Paul, Rasch; and his parents, Frederick R. and Marcile, nee Fritz, Rasch.

Surviving are his wife Judith Rae, nee Phillips, (Hickey) Rasch whom he married on June 5, 1999;
three children, Ramon Rasch, Melanie Rasch,
and Daniel Rasch, all of Belleville, IL;
three stepchildren, Stephen (Linda) Hickey, Thomas (Katherine) Hickey,
and Joseph Hickey, all of Belleville, IL;
four grandchildren, Sara Rasch,
and Miranda, Madelyn and Malaina Hickey;
two brothers, Philip (Rhoby) Rasch of Baton Rouge, LA,
and David (Janet) Rasch of St. Peter’s, MO;
his stepmother, Marjorie Kruep-Rasch of Belleville, IL;
his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Dorothy Phillips of Belleville, IL;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Randall J. (Kathleen) Kehrer,
 and Larry R. (Cindy) Phillips, of Belleville, IL,
 Douglas L. (Eileen) Phillips of Colorado;
and twelve nieces and nephews.
Ray will be missed more than words can say.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Historic Log Church, 116 Church Street, Cahokia, IL 62206.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2011, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Holy Family Historic Log Church, Cahokia, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the church, with Fr. Edward Richard officiating.

Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Belleville, IL


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Condolences Left For Ramon F. Rasch

    I always enjoyed seeing Ray. He was good for a story, a chat or just a "how are you". He was one of the few people I never saw angry, and mostly had a smile. I'm glad for the time I got to spend talking with him, and happy to say I knew him.
    He was a long time member of our Union, Communications Workers of America,local 4217, known by many.
    We'll miss him.

    James M Hardy, Belleville, Illinois, 62221

    I will always remember the steady friendly way Ray conducted himself at work. Always approachable and with a smile. You have my sincere condolences. I pray God will comfort you in this time of loss.

    Richard White, Troy, IL, 62294

    We will always remember the way Ray would keep a cool head, and good sense of humor, and even in a stressful situation.
    God Bless you and your families, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Derek VanLith, Swansea, IL, 62226

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ramon and I were good friends in high school. I lost track of him after graduation, but I never forgot him.

    Kenneth Rehg, Honolulu , Hawaii , 96822

    Dear Thomas,

    You, Katie and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob and Marilyn Huddleston, Waterloo, IL, 62298

    I am so sorry to hear about Ray. I will remember you all in my prayers.

    Bonnie Devore, Belleville, Illinois, 62221-4248

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