Lowell David Rakestraw

Born in Berlin Center, OH on October 24, 1933

Departed on August 8, 2007 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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RAKESTRAW, Lowell David Age 73 of Hendersonville, died August 8, 2007 after a valiant fight with cancer. Born in Berlin Center, OH on October 24, 1935, he was preceded in death by his parents, Jennie Micken Rakestraw and Howard Jerry Rakestraw, and sister, Darlene Flowers. He attended Mount Union College, Alliance, OH, where he received a degree in Chemistry. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and was stationed at the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD. He was employed as Chief Chemist at Ashtabula Rubber from 1964-1978, and was employed in technicalchemical sales for R.T. Vanderbilt in Norwalk, CT from 1978 until his retirement in 2000. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Eyster Rakestraw; a daughter, Roberta Rakestraw of Virginia Beach; son, David J. Rakestraw Lynne of Livermore, CA; sister, Janet Kille Don of Avon Park, FL; and brother, Howard Micken Rakestraw of San Francisco, CA. He leaves four grandchildren, Emily, Noah, Jacob and Clay, and several nieces and nephews. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville where he served as a Stephens Minister. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him for his kind and generous spirit. In lieu of flowers, memorable contributions may be made to the In Christ's Way Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Companions class at FUMC. A Memorial service will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, 217 East Main Street, Henderson-ville, TN 37075 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2007 with Rev. Michael Williams and Rev. Lynn Hinkle officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. HENDERSONVILLE MEMORY GARDENS AND FUNERAL HOME, 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville, TN 615 824-3855. www.harpethhills.com

2 Comments to Lowell David Rakestraw

  1. Barbara Renn
    August 10, 2007 12:00 am

    I was saddened to see of the passing of Lowell. I used to work with him at Ashtabula Rubber Company 1967-1970. I remember him as a gentle, kind and considerate person. I am sorry for your loss.

  2. The John Keightley Family- Lynlea, Briana, Ashlyn, and Callie
    August 10, 2007 12:00 am

    Lowell was one of the Methodist Men. He was always there helping out with everything. We remember him at the Great Stuff Sale helping people deliver stuff and then helping people get stuff to their cars, and, at Wednesday night dinners, cleaning up in the kitchen. We had a relative that was blessed to have him as a Stephens minister. And, after that I always wanted to grow up to be just like him. He made me proud to be a Methodist! We were always excited to see him around the church when we ran into him, which was quite often, because he and Nancy were so involved in so many wonderful ministries at HFUMC. We will miss him dearly and we want you all family-Nancy to know that you are loved by your church family and that we are there for you in any way that you might need us to be. Thank you for being our heroes!