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Michael Robert Raker
With a heavy heart, we announce the passing Michael Robert Raker, born in Scotland, South Dakota, on August 29th, 1951. He passed late Sunday night, February 7, 2021 following his courageous battle with leukemia.
He grew up on a farm here in Scotland, South Dakota with his parents, Vada Sunderman and Herbert Raker; in addition to his siblings; Neta, Cindy, Nancy, and Mark. Graduating Scotland High School in 1969, he played football and wrestled. After graduating, he pursued a mathematics degree at NAU, but ultimately chose to begin driving trucks for Verlyn Fuerst.
In 1979, at the age of 28, he married Judy Jenkins. They had three children, Heather, Heidi, and Robert. He began his own trucking company, Raker Trucking, happily retiring in 2017. He was a member of the rodeo club and the Scotland VFW Auxiliary.
Throughout his life, Mike was a family man. He coached for Robert’s little league team, loved hosting family gatherings, and even went to South Korea to visit his children while they were living there. An avid sports fan, Mike never missed a Yankee’s game, but also greatly enjoyed the Packers.
He was preceded in death by Judy Raker and his parents Vada and Herbert Raker.
He is survived by his loving family, including his children Heather Jenkins and Kyong Min Kim, Heidi Jenkins and Gabriel Hobart and Robert Raker; significant other Joyce Hamberger; siblings Neta and Turk Peterka, Cindy and Robert Kvick, Nancy and Jeff King and Mark and Ginger Raker; grandchildren Savannah Jenkins and Leah Kim and numerous nieces and nephews.
Words fail to express our sorrow in your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts and in our prayers.
Luann Brownson & Janae Herman Feb 14 2021 5:43 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Mike. You will be missed.
Curtis and Carol Hofer Feb 13 2021 6:36 PM
My sincerest condolences to the family. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.
Debbie Ramsey Feb 13 2021 5:10 PM
Sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Mike.
Steve & Pat Flett Feb 13 2021 6:26 AM
RIP Mike. Mike was just one of those likeable guys. He truly will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts to the family.
David & Bunny Eberhardt Feb 13 2021 3:16 AM
Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Our deepest sympathies to the family. God Bless
David & Jackie Max Feb 12 2021 11:04 PM
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. RIP Mike. You will be missed!
Tom and Cathy (Kelley) Winckler Feb 12 2021 9:08 PM
Gonna miss you Mike. Always had a great time when visiting with him.
Sheryl and Kelly Frey Feb 12 2021 3:17 PM
Prayers for you all during this difficult time. Mike was a great guy!
Mary (Kelley) Jones Feb 12 2021 3:01 PM
So sorry for your loss. Mike will be missed.
Mike Kelley Feb 12 2021 2:51 PM