Funeral services for Willie P. Raska, 82, of Wallis, were held Thursday, January 26, 2006 from Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis with the Rev. Richard Johnston celebrating the funeral mass and Rite of Committal. Mr. Raska died Monday, January 23, 2006 in Wharton. Interment was at Guardian Angel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Robert Crawford, Ray Wied, Tyler Raska, Shane Raska, Eugene Dobesh and Alvin Sykora. Born in Wallis, Willie was the son of Anton and Mary (Hajovsky) Raska. He was raised in Wallis. Willie attended Guardian Angel Catholic School and Wallis High School in Wallis. He was an agriculture farmer and a tax collector. Mr. Raska served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Willie P. Raska married the former Miss Irene Chudej on Jun 27, 1958 with ceremony held in Rosenberg. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Wallis, the American Legion and KJT in Wallis. Willie was also the current president of St. Vincent De Paul Society in Wallis. He is survived by his wife, Irene Raska of Wallis; sons and daughter-in-laws -- James and Joan Raska of Richmond, Ronnie and Carolyn Raska of Wallis and Tim and Janice Raska of Wallis; brother-in-law, Frank Ruchlewisz; grandchildren -- Shannon Crawford and husband Robert; Rhonda Wied and husband Ray; Shane Raska and wife Patti; Tyler and Jordan Raska; great-grandchildren -- Brandon Wied, Eric Wied, Colin and Ryan Crawford and Caitlin Crawford. Preceded in death by his parents Anton and Mary Raska, and sister Louise Ruchlewicz. Memorial contributions may be made to the KJT Seminary College Fund, PO Box 297, LaGrange, TX, 78945 and American Heart Assoc., 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, 122 FM N 1093, Wallis, TX 77485.
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