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Lewis Rackley

WALTERS  Funeral for Lewis Rackley, 88, Walter, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel, Walters.
 
Lewis departed this life on Jan. 24, 2014, in Waurika.
 
Burial will follow in the Walters Cemetery.
 
Lewis Hubbard Rackley was born to Lewis Karl and Margaret Emma Hubbard Rackley on Oct. 30, 1925, at Anniston, Ala. The second oldest of 10 children, Lewis grew up in the Cookietown area of Cotton County attending Union Valley School. He married Dona Pearl Turner on Sept. 16, 1946, in Cowley County, Kansas. They raised their six children in Alabama. Then, upon retiring, they moved to California for a time before settling in Walters in 1985. For the past two years, they resided at Temple Manor Nursing Home in Temple, where Dona preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 2013. 
 
As a young man Lewis joined the United States Army, serving during the WWII Era. While serving as a medic in the Army, Lewis also played pitcher on the Army's fast pitch softball team. Upon his discharge from the service he was soon hired by the Monsanto Company, as they wanted him to pitch for the company softball team. He eventually went to work for Diamond Alkali which later became known as Diamond Shamrock. He retired after 30 plus years with the company at Muscle Scholes, AL, serving as chemical plant supervisor and later the plant safety coordinator.
 
Until his health failed, Lewis was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving faithfully in various capacities for many years. Through the years, he also enjoyed softball and golf.
 
Lewis was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Patrick Earl; two sisters: Virginia Mae and Martha; and a son, David Rackley.
 
Survivors include five children, Shirley Haskew of Colorado, Peggy Roth of Texas, Howard Rackley and Dale Rackley both of California, and Gayle Rackley of New Hampshire; six brothers and sisters, Earnest, Gladys, John, Girel, Bill and Ray; 25 grandchildren, many many great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Viewing will be held from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service Wednesday.
 
An online guest book is available at www.hart-wyattfuneralhome.com.

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