Matt Racki

May 29, 1941December 23, 2012

Matt Racki, 71, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at McLaren’s Chapel with burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, Iowa. Matt grew up in Beaumont, Texas, graduating from St. Anthony’s High School and Loyola University, New Orleans. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a print and photo journalist in Illinois and Idaho before moving to Iowa almost 20 years ago. He could be described as a pinball player “extraordinaire,” in the days before computers, loved watching the Dallas Cowboys, and had a great sense of humor with a quick wit. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joan; two sons, Byron (Tabitha) Racki of Alpharetta, Georgia and David (Lindsay) Racki of Waukee, Iowa; sisters, Mary Agnes Racki of Beaumont, Texas and Paula Michelle Vogel of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren; and three nieces and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Mary Agnes (Leitch) Racki. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Urbandale Food Pantry in memory of Matt where he volunteered before his health declined.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 29, 2012
  • Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Melaine Timko

January 24, 2013

We were together at the beginning of your life with Matt. What a wonderful life and family you shared. You have been such a supportive wife through the years. May memories of the good times sustain you. Love to you.

Joy Stotz

January 9, 2013

Joan, I am so sorry to hear about Matt. Know that my thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Love to you & your family

Valarie Avalone

January 7, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cal Audrain

January 7, 2013

Joan -
My thoughts are with you during this time. I pray you will find comfort with friends and loved ones.

Faye Baker

January 6, 2013

January 5, 2013

Dearest Joan, Byron and David and families;
I was so sorry to hear of the news of Matt passing. I just read my e-mail tonight. We surely go back a long way from when I first met you and Matt at Lincoln College; Kelly babysitting the boys and a lot of good time together. You are in my prayers and warm thoughts as you go gently through this difficult time. Love, Faye

Ken Higa

January 3, 2013

Thinking about you and your family during this difficult time.

John White

January 2, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Joni DeVries

January 2, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May cherished memories help you through this difficult time.

M Pierson

January 2, 2013

Ms. Racki - Thinking of you during this time. Michelle

Terry Calhoun

January 2, 2013

Sheila and I sadly offer our condolences, Joan, even knowing they matter little in the face of your tragic loss.