Kenneth Ogden Raschke

March 22, 1930October 1, 2012

Kenneth O. Raschke, born March 23, 1930 in Chicago, died October 1, 2012. Ken’s greatest joy was being married to Joanne for 60 years, but he also delighted in spoiling his four daughters, Gwenne Causey, Karen Raschke, Janet Page, and Susie Himes, and his ten granddaughters, two grandsons, and one great grandson. He spent nearly his entire working life with Western Electric, ending his career as Vice President and General Manager of the North Carolina Works in Winston-Salem. He hated having to oversee the closing of that plant, but the employees were so grateful for the way he looked out for them that they took out a full-page newspaper ad to thank him. Ken was an avid tennis player, enjoyed traveling with his life-long love, Joanne, and cut a dashing figure driving a bright yellow Corvette convertible. Ken held a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics and a Master’s degree in Economics and Labor Relations from Illinois Institute of Technology. During his retirement, he founded and led the Lucent Retiree Organization, with thousands of members.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Frank Vogler & Sons, 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. A reception will follow the memorial service at the funeral home. Joanne and the rest of the family ask that donations in Ken’s honor be made to the ALS Association Jim Catfish Hunter Chapter, 120-101 Penmarc Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603 or to the research efforts of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

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October 15, 2012

Joanne & family, we just heard of Ken's passing and want to extend our sympathy to all of you. I knew Ken for many years and we worked on several projects together as the world of Western Electric was rapidly changing. Dotty and I talked about the outdoor wedding for a daughter and at the time we were living in Julian. I also have great respect about Ken's wrok putting the LRO together and started. Our sympathy, Rocky and Dotty living in Conway, SC near Myrtle Beach.

Peaches Hauser Golding

October 12, 2012

Mrs J Raschke, I was so very sad to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Mr Raschke. I had the great pleasure of reconnecting with him during my recent visit to North Carolina when Karen and I spent time together. I can only imagine that you are devasted, having lost the love of your life.

Karen, Gwenne, Janet and Susie; it was so very clear how much your Father loved you and took pride in all your achievements. I know you will miss him greatly. Please look after your Mother in these sad times while you support each other.

Love to you all. I wish I could be with you.

With much love

Al Yancey

October 11, 2012

Gwen and Karen, I was saddened to hear about your father. Even though I never really knew him or the rest of the family, I know that he raised two great daughters. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

Shelia Shelton

October 9, 2012

He will be missed.

Joyce Hardister

October 6, 2012

Joanne and family, I was so saddened to hear of Mr. Ken's passing. May God comfort you in this painful time in your lives.

Joyce Hardister

October 6, 2012

Joanne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all at this painful time in your lives.

Jack and Nancy Mory

October 5, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Dave & Linda Combs

October 5, 2012

Joanne, Linda and I are so saddened to learn of the loss of your devoted husband and best friend, Ken. It was such a privilege to have seen first hand how much he cared for all of us who ever worked for him and called him, friend. I loved playing tennis with him. He worked hard and he played hard. We all have some great memories of Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rich Glasser

October 5, 2012

Mrs. Raschke:
Sorry to hear about Ken's death.
All of us LRO members owe a lot of thanks to Ken for his efforts in organizing and promoting the LRO organization.
Condolences, Rich Glasser Oklahoma City, OK.

Peggy Chapman

October 4, 2012

I retired from AT&T in 1987 but remember Ken very well. Even though I never worked with or for him, we did work together in the Telephone Pioneers. What a wonderful time we all had working together on so many projects. After all this time, I miss the Pioneers and the great work we were involved in. May God be with all of you.