Gene Frederick Rak
September 21, 1936 – January 10, 2019
Father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Gene Frederick Rak found his eternal peace Thursday, January 10, 2019, at his home, following a brief, yet valiant battle with cancer. He was 82 and lived four lifetimes, packing in thousands of experiences and creating memories and stories all who knew him will remember forever. Family and travel were two passions he combined to track his European roots to Slovenia. He also loved music, laughter, cards, golf and Cubs baseball. Gene earned an electrical engineering degree from Lawrence Tech. After a successful career at Exxon, specializing in the corrosion field, he ran his own consulting business. His personal and professional activities included service in the U.S. Navy Reserves, 1955-1963; and NACE International (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), serving in multiple leadership roles for both the global organization and local chapter. Through the years, he was a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, an amateur actor, square dance caller for the Tiger Twirlers and little league coach. He authored many professional articles, was a songwriter and poet. Gene was always an active church and choir member. A longtime resident of Baton Rouge, La., he was born September 21, 1936, in Pekin, Ill., to the late William Rak and Virgie Brees Rak. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Oltmann Rak; children, Susan Rak-Blanchard (Robert), David Rak (Winnette), Kathy Oltmann Paulson (Kevin), David Oltmann (Joye) and Danny Oltmann (Gina); grandchildren, Emily Blanchard Pop (Joe), Mark Blanchard (Cassandra), Levi Rak, Jonah Rak, John Rainbolt, Christopher Rainbolt, Mathew Paulson, Jennifer Noto, Sarah Oltmann, Chloe Almendarez and Ava Almendarez; four great-grandchildren, Emery, Gavin and Camden Blanchard, and Hunter Braham; former wife, Caroline Myers; and many beloved family members in Slovenia. A special thanks to Audubon Hospice and his caregivers who made him comfortable the last few weeks of his life here on earth. Visitation with the family will be held at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave., Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Gene’s name to St. Andrews United Methodist Church or your favorite charity.
- Visitation Saturday, January 19, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
Gene Frederick Rak
January 17, 2019
It was with so much love and that handsome smile you give me from day one there’s wasn’t a day I didn’t look forward to seeing you no matter how much pain or how you was feeling I put a smile even bigger. On your face I miss laughing with you but I’ll always laugh in my heart your memories will forever be with me . On behave of aububon hospice. Love Frezla your ms. Coswell.
January 17, 2019
Maxine, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Even though it’s been years, I have fond memories of Gene and his every-ready smile.
January 16, 2019
Growing up a Broadmoor girl with Susan and many shared memories of sneaking away at lunch to raid the Rak's kitchen. Mr. Gene always making sure there were plenty of hot dogs in supply! Always a smile and hug or a joke to share with us girls. Appreciate all the kindness throughout our growing years! Blessings, prayers and love to Susan and all extended family. Be peaceful.
January 14, 2019
Gene and I had many lively discussions through the years and he was forever a Cubs fan.