Carroll Frank Racek
January 4, 1935 – February 20, 2020
Carroll Frank Racek went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February, 20, 2020 at the age of 85. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 26th at the Ankeny Funeral Home at 1510 W. 1st ST., Ankeny, with burial to follow at the Lincoln Cemetery near Alleman. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 25th at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to his church, White Oak Church. Carroll was born January 4, 1935 in Des Moines to Frank and Lena Racek. Throughout his childhood and after graduation from high school he helped his father farm on the family homestead west of Alleman. Carroll attended Iowa State for nearly two years before being drafted into the Army. He proudly served his country while developing his mechanic skills by working on tanks and transport vehicles. After his service he returned home to continue his vocation, farming. Carroll loved to learn and attended classes to develop his skills in the electrical and air conditioning business. In 1984 he started Racek Service, a business that served the local community and Coop branches with any electrical or air conditioning need. There were few problems that he could not fix and would be found working everyday but Sunday, and occasionally those days as well, if a neighbor needed help. Carroll married Patricia Oneth on his 28th birthday. They had 51 years together, living the majority of them on the family farm. They had two daughters, Carolyn (Rodney) Burt and Carrie Pearson. Carroll loved to tease and tell a joke, even at his own expense, always ready to laugh and have fun with an ornery twinkle in his eye. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s activities and sporting events, often being seen with a stopwatch around his neck. He was affectionately known as “Grandpa” to the rest of the team. There was no game or meet too far away that he and Pat would not attend. They were constants in their lives, guiding and giving in only a way a grandparent could. His love of family was evident in whatever he did. Carroll would say that the most important thing in his life was knowing and accepting Christ as his Savior. His earnest hope would be for all to have the same assurance that he knew through his Salvation. That he is now in a better place, more alive then ever on this earth, in Heaven with Jesus, without pain and happy to be finally home. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, son-in law, grandchildren, Meghann (Blake) Smith, Katelynn (Kevin) Mishler, Taylor (Justin) Knoll, and Brandan Pearson. Greatgrandchildren include Lena, Everett, Ella Smith and baby Mishler due in June. Carroll is now reunited with his wife, parents and sister, Mildred.
- Meghann Smith, Casket Bearer
- Katelynn Mishler, Casket Bearer
- Taylor Knoll, Casket Bearer
- Brandon Pearson, Casket Bearer
- Blake Smith, Casket Bearer
- Kevin Mishler, Casket Bearer
- Justin Knoll, Casket Bearer
- Visitation Tuesday, February 25, 2020
- Funeral Service Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Carroll Frank Racek
March 2, 2020
Carolyn, I was saddened to see that your father had passed. I remember both of your parents quite fondly - and how kind and patient they were whenever we would gather late at your house, especially after basketball games! I'm glad you had the years you did with your dad - what a blessing. Peace to you and your family.
February 25, 2020
Carolyn, Rod and family. Dale & I are very sorry to hear of your father's passing. We know he is in a better place with your mom. He was the nicest person. He always had time to stop and visit with us whenever we saw him. He always had a big smile. We know you will always have many happy memories of him. Dale & Linda
February 25, 2020
Roger took me to meet Carroll on various occasions. What a wonderful man to talk with. I know his family will miss him and I know he is in a better place.....wonder what they are talking about at the Schonhorst/Racek reunion. Will miss you both.
February 24, 2020
Carrie and family your parents were so sweet,! Loved visiting with them when they would come to Algona: Thinking of you all. Kimberly Crossfield
SHRI and Mary Cheddie
February 20, 2020
Carroll is HOME! We rejoice for his Heavenly Homecoming but will deeply miss him.
My cousin on the Schonhorst side and the Racek side - we grew up with Carroll and love him deeply.
May his and Pat’s legacy live on in Carolyn and Carrie!