Allen Eugene Rakow, 77

    Allen Eugene Rakow, 77, of Minocqua, formerly of West Bend, passed away July 26, 2009, at Inn Care of Minocqua. He passed into the Lordís hands from the arms of his loving wife, Carol, with her daughter, Cheryl, and daughter-in-law, Gayle, at his side. Al passed from this world due to complications of Alzheimerís.
    Al was born Aug. 9, 1931, in Aurora, Ill., to Herbert and Margaret (Brown) Rakow. He married Carol (Suchy) Steiner on March 17, 1999, in Minocqua.
    He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea and earned the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a sales representative for Aurora Pump Inc., Aurora, Ill. He and Carol moved to Minocqua in 1993. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and NASCAR racing. He also enjoyed radio-controlled airplanes, country music, watching sports, the Olympics and the wildlife at their lake home.
    He is survived by a son, Brad (Beverly) Rakow of Rock Hill, S.C.; a daughter, Monica (Mark) Stampanato of Homer Glen, Ill.; five grandchildren, Matt, Leigh, Jason, Jordan and Andrew; a sister, Rose Marie "Ree Ree" (Ron) Doernbach of Georgetown, Texas; and the mother of his children, Rose Rakow of Aurora, Ill. He is further survived by Carolís children, Rick (Gayle) Steiner of West Bend, Randy (Jayne) Steiner of Theresa, Cheryl (Terry) Nelson of Suamico, Russ (Cindy) Steiner of West Bend, Cathy (Bill) Holzbach of Fond du Lac and Ray (Karen) Steiner of Middleton; 19 step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and his father-in-law, Don Theisen of West Bend.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Clara Theisen; step-grandchild, Haddie Steiner; and dog Snuggles.
    A celebration of life/ memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be an announcement in mid September with the time and place the service will be held.
    The family would like to thank the staff at Inn Care for the excellent care they gave Al as well as the support they gave Carol during his stay. Also thank you to Cindy and Jo Lynn of Dr. Kate Ministry Hospice.
    The Bolger Funeral Home of Minocqua is handling the arrangements.
    "Be at peace. May the angels lead thee into paradise."