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Norman Lee Rackers, 75, of Wardsville, died Monday, January 30, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born on February 23, 1936, in Jefferson City, the son of the late Otto Herman and Rosie Theresa Verslues Rackers. He was united in marriage on November 9, 1957, in Wardsville, to Hilda Marie Rademann who resides at the home. Norman worked for International Shoe Company for 18 years, Lawrence Thoenen Construction for a few years, Blair Oaks School for several years, and retired in 1999 from Immaculate Conception School after 20 years working with maintenance. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Norman loved to hunt and fish with his children, grandchildren, and friends. He enjoyed walking at Capital Mall with his friends and eating at the Senior Center. He liked to listen to country music. Other survivors include: four children, Larry Rackers Sr., Bonnots Mill; Jerry "Chuck" (Carol) Rackers, Jefferson City; Lori (Scott) Lawson, Jefferson City; Tina (Steven) Coffelt, Kansas City; eight grandchildren, Larry Rackers Jr., Brad Rackers, Brent (Kelly) Rackers, Michael Lawson, Nathan Lawson, Matthew Lawson, Daniel Coffelt, Samantha Coffelt; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Rackers, Jacob Rackers; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Rackers, Jefferson City. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katy Marie Lawson; a daughter-in-law, Linda Rackers, four sisters, Louise Trippenssee, Frances Heimericks, Lorraine Payne, Betty Johnson; and three brothers, Elmer Rackers, Arthur Rackers, and David Rackers. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2012, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Wardsville, with the Rev. Gregory C. Meystrik, officiating. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorials are suggested to SSM Hospice, 1241 West Stadium Blvd., Suite L201, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.
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