Albin Gerhard Rakers, Jr., 83, of Montgomery City, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, May 14, 2023, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
Al was born on October 4, 1939, in Trenton, Ill., the son of Albin Gerhard Rakers, Sr. and Henrietta “Granny” Elizabeth (Diekmann) Rakers. He graduated from Wesclin High School and went on to marry Barbara Ann Reilmann on April 14, 1959, in Trenton. In August 1972, he moved his family to Montgomery City and bought the Montgomery Processing Plant with his brother, Roger, who was a meat cutter for many years. He was retired for over 20 years, but he was still around to help anybody with anything. Al was a great friend to many and never met a stranger. He could always be found riding around town chatting with his friends or family.
Albin is survived by his six children: Pat (Carlyn) Rakers of Virginia; Jackie (Ronnie) Powell of Montgomery City; Robert “BJ” Rakers of Florida; Kevin Rakers of Utah; Bill (Robyn) Rakers of Nixa; Michael Rakers of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Sarah (Joseph) Beilke of Florida, Chad (Anna) Powell of Montgomery City and Dawson Rakers and Tanner Rakers, both of Nixa; three great-grandchildren: Silas, Alva and Jasper Powell of Montgomery City; siblings, Henrietta “Sis” Rakers of Illinois, Tom (Sharon) Rakers of Illinois, Arlene (Jim) Booker of Virginia, Lester (Nancy) Rakers of Illinois and Sharon (Ron) Gerstner of Illinois; sister-in-law: Gerry (Glen) Knoepflein of Montgomery City; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann (Reilmann) Rakers; his parents, Albin G. and Henrietta E. Rakers; his brother, Roger Rakers; and nephew, Josh Rakers.
A special thanks to Craig (Denise) Rakers, Brian (Rachel) Rakers, Julie (Jake) Beck, Andrew Rakers and Matthew (Rachel) Rakers for all the extra time and attention they spent with Al. He was a great man and will be missed dearly.
Per Al’s request, there will be no services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Details will be available later.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Montgomery County Senior Center’s Nutrition Center, in care of Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, Missouri, 63361.