Michael Stewart Raab
April 9, 1947 – March 31, 2021
Michael Stewart Raab, second child born to Stewart and Marietta Raab on April 9,1947, has gone home to be with the Lord. He departed his earthly home on March 31, 2021 after a 73-year adventure and a wonderful life. His life began in Manila, The Philippines, where he grew up with his sister, Jeanne, and brother, Frank, and attended the American School, where he played baseball and was Student Body Association President. He loved his classmates, and many became lifelong friends. After High School graduation, he came to the United States to attend college at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. There he earned a degree in Business and went to work for Chevron in the purchasing department and settled down in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mike spent nearly 20 years coaching his three children in tee-ball, baseball, basketball and soccer. His fondest memories with his children came from all the quality time spent travelling to tournaments and coaching their teams to multiple victories and championships over the years. Mike was truly a California dreamer until he was transferred to Houston, by Chevron. In 2004, Mike met and married Peggy. They were married for 16 years and blended two families- Mike’s children, Kevin Raab, married to Kristi, Michelle Raab, married to Raphael Morkvenas, and Jennifer Raab married to Alex Block, and Peggy's children, Emily Jetton, married to Gregory Scott and Stacy Coughlin married to Michael. They will all miss the joy Mike brought to their lives and he will miss the loving grandchildren they brought into his life. Cadence, Piper, Lorelei, Sara and Jacob, each loved their Pop Pop and he loved them. When not figuring out what to buy the grandkids next, remember he was in purchasing, Mike enjoyed playing golf, photography, eating anything from seafood, to steak, to pork adobo, to lumpia, and don’t forget a good California Chardonnay (and if his arm were twisted he’d of course opt for a second glass). Most of all Mike loved Duke basketball. He only missed a game if it rained and the TV recorder failed. On Sundays you would find Mike sitting with Peggy in the same place every week- Kingwood Presbyterian Church, where they have been members for about 13 years. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2019, Mike did his best to beat it, but God needed his big smile and blue eyes to come home. Mike is preceded in death by his parents. This world will miss Mike's big personality as well as his kind and generous heart.
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Michael Stewart Raab
April 4, 2021
We lived on the same street in Manila - the Raab family a hop, skip and jump from Manila Bay & (then) Dewey Blvd. Our home was in a compound a block away. After typhoon Dading slammed Manila in 1964 I walked up the street past Mike's home. The big gate was open and there was Mike, standing in the middle of downed trees and branches. Lots of people were overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm, but he was cool, calm and collected. Gave a big smile and hoped we hadn't suffered too much damage. That's how I remember Mike - a caring and strong man. He's with the Lord, but how he's missed here. My deepest sympathy to his family.
laura fisher alvarez
April 4, 2021
I was born in Manila and went to the American School there till my Senior year . There was not a time in all those years when I did not know who the Raabs were. Mike was older and I, as a child in the lower grades ,like all the other kids , looked up to him and followed his successes in school sports and academics.
He was our school president and I remember thinking how fitting it was that he had won that well deserved honour .
I don't believe I ever saw him again after he graduated, but I always knew more or less through friends we had in common where he was and what he was up to . Years ago I learned of his father's cruel and untimely death, but in those days we didn't have the internet and it was far harder to find people and send condolences ... I remembered Mike and Frank though and ,of course, dear Mrs. Raab , always so kind .... and wished that I could tell them how sorry I was...
I would like to tell Jeanette and Frank how the news of Mike's illness and death has saddened me. Many of his closer friends have told us that he was reconciled to the inevitable outcome because he had lived such a full and happy life. I hope that eventually that will be a consolation to those he has left behind.
I hope you understand that there is a very real bond that exists between those of us who grew up in Manila and went to the old A.S. and it is this bond that has made me want to reach out and bid Mike Godspeed.
Estelle Fisher A.S., Manila Class of 1969
Pam Burgoyne (nee Dill)
April 3, 2021
My earliest memories of Mike were from our kindergarten days, then many more accumulated memories through to our graduation from the American School in Manila. Mike was always gentle and kind with me, capable of
sensitive intuitive awareness of others. He had leadership qualities with not a trace of arrogance, provided friendship without being overbearing, and overall a most dear man who was loved by his friends. Although he undoubtedly is now in a much better place, he is leaving us his old friends very sadly missing his big heart.