Leon Paul RackersSeptember 15th, 2021
Leon Paul Rackers, 74, of Jefferson City, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at his home, with his loving family by his side. He was born on August 11, 1947, the ninth of 10 children born to Clarence and Alma (Raithel) Rackers. Leon was united in marriage on October 8, 1994, to Linda (Dryer) Williams, who survives at the home. He was previously married to Patricia Nentwig and into this marriage, two children were born, Christy and Curtis. Leon was a 1965 graduate of Fatima High School and graduated in 1967, from the Midwest Automation Information Technology School in Kansas City. Leon served six years in the U.S. Reserves and four years in the Missouri National Guard. He worked in the IT Department at the Missouri Department of Mental Health from 1966 until his retirement in 2006. Leon was a faithful and gentle man. Leon was both his children's and grandchildren's biggest fan, and attended all of their school and sporting activities. He enjoyed traveling and wintering in Gulf Shores. He loved camping and cutting firewood, and took pride in taking care of his lawn. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, St. Martins Knights of Columbus and was a strong member of his community. He was proud of his family, and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Leon is survived by his spouse of 26 years: Linda Rackers; daughter: Christy Hake (Brad); sons: Curtis Rackers (Holly), Troy Williams (Cassie) and Lance Williams (Maggie); grandchildren: Christian, Whitney and Abby Hake, Piper and Pierce Rackers, and MacKenzie and Hailee Williams; siblings: Del Prenger, Grace Blank (Roy), Glenn Rackers (Betty), Janet Kauffman and Carol Ricks; sisters-in-law: Jean Rackers, Ruth Coppenbarger (Kent) and Eva Wilson; brothers-in-law: Jerome Reinsch, Orville Stegeman and Harry Dryer (Bette) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Norbert Rackers and Harold Rackers; sisters: Rose Reinsch and Linda Stegeman; and brothers-in-law: Leon Prenger, Ray Kauffman, Dale Ricks and R. J. Wilson. Friends will be received from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at St. Martins Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Jason Doke officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and gifts, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Compassus (600 Monroe Street Suite 100, Jefferson City, MO, 65101) or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087) Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.