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Wayne Henry Raasch - August 14, 2014

Wayne Henry Raasch was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Ashland, Neb., to Gilbert and Lola Raasch. Wayne attended a country grade school about five miles from home and high school in Ashland. He drove his dad’s ‘45 pickup back and forth to high school.
He entered the army in January of 1956. He was stationed first in Colorado Springs, Colo., then in Ulm, Germany.
In 1958, after he was discharged from the army, he met this cute little clarinet player named Sharon Alley. They were married on Aug. 17, 1958.
Their marriage was blessed by three children, Dottie Rankin, Larry Raasch and Cindy Fischer.
In the late 1960’s Wayne and his family moved from eastern Nebraska to Lamar in western Nebraska. The family lived on a farm close to Lamar for a year then moved ten miles south of Lamar where he farmed for about ten years.
From Lamar they moved to Champion and made their home there for many years. He delivered farm fuel for Scholl Oil of Holyoke, Colo., for many years.
Wayne owned and operated Champ-Inn and the Mill Room Bar in Champion for six or seven years when they lived in Champion. The Mill Room was his pride and joy and a favorite gathering place of friends and family.
Wayne had a wonderful ability to work with wood and his creations are all over the United States with people who love them. He loved his family, hunting and fishing, but mostly, in his quiet way, he loved life.
Their final move was to Parkview Assisted Living and Imperial Manor in Imperial.
Wayne passed away Monday evening, August 11th, 2014, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home, Imperial, Ne. He was 79 years of age.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Lola Raasch; brother Larry James Raasch; and two grandchildren Levi Fischer and Kristina Fischer.
Wayne is survived by his wife Sharon; three children Dottie Rankin, Larry Raasch and Cindy Fischer; five grandchildren Kevin Ridlen, Lucas Ridlen, Kelsey Ridlen, Ryan Fischer and Logan Fischer.
Services will be held Thurs., Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Champion Community Center. Inurnment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Champion.
Memorials have been established to the Champion Junior Women’s Club and the Champion Community Building.
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