Thomas Stephen Raukar Sr., 79, of Grand Rapids, passed suddenly on March 29, 2012.
He was born on Aug. 24, 1932, to Jack and Martha (Savola) Raukar. Tom graduated from Hibbing High School in 1951, and went on to join the U.S. Army, where he served in Okinawa, Japan. He then attended Hibbing Junior College and North Dakota State University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Tom was also a member of the football and wrestling teams throughout high school and college. On June 23, 1956, he was united in marriage with Arlene Constance Radosevich. He started his career in Minneapolis, then moved to Grand Rapids in 1967 to work at Blandin Paper Company as an instrumentation/process control engineer. After 27 years, he retired in 1995.
Tom was an avid Minnesota and Canada sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors year-round by fishing, hunting, boating, snowmobiling and camping. He loved spending time with family and friends at his Pokegama Lake home and at the family cabin on Hartley Lake.
Tom was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, as well as an active member of Knights of Columbus Itasca Council 2840 since 1970 and a member of the Monsignor Hennebry Fourth Degree Assembly. He was a Past Grand Knight, a trustee and served on several committees, including Habitat for Humanity and the annual Tootsie Roll Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Tom had a warm welcome for all he knew and met, and was also known for having a quick wit to uplift those around him with humor and song. Not only was he devoted to family and friends, but all he encountered.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; two sisters, Dorothy (Robert) LeVar of Leetonia and JoAnn (William) Colwell of Nashwauk; children: Thomas Jr. of Bemidji, Minn., Jack of Grand Rapids, Timothy (Maria) of Bemidji, Minn., Jennifer (Marty Madsen) of Nashwauk, and Theodore of Grand Rapids; grandchildren: Jacob (Thomas Jr.), Amira (Timothy) and Esme (Timothy); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William John.
Funeral: Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.
Visitation: Will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the church.
Interment: Will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Cohasset following the funeral. All are welcome to join the family for lunch and refreshments following the services.
Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory of Grand Rapids.