Stanley F. Raczynski

Stanley F. Raczynski March 2, 1915-Dec 28, 2012 A great and good man left us on Friday, December 28th, but he will live on in our hearts. Stan Raczynski was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1915 to immigrant, working class parents and left this world as a hugely successful inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. More importantly, he left a legacy to his large and extended family as a generous and thoughtful husband, father, grandfather, mentor and role model. Stan was never afraid of a challenge. From swimming across Lake Phelan as a youngster in St. Paul, Minnesota to starting his first business, he took risks and never thought failure was an option. Over the years he was a musician, an inventor, a businessman, a pilot, a golfer, a traveler, a reader. He taught his family that life was to be explored, enjoyed and lived fully. And live it, he did. Although his family did not have the financial means to enable him to attend college, he had a brilliant and inventive mind. His family joked that he had the "Midas Touch," because everything he touched seemed to be a success. But that was not mere luck. Stan had an amazing work ethic and he researched and studied the details of every venture. From being a trumpeter and bandleader in the 30's, to owning his own successful hot dog stand as a young man, to inventing the clip on ironing boards that allowed them to fold without the legs falling off, Stan was a thinker, a planner and a creative genius. With an inventor's mind and an engineer's heart, Stan began working for Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M) in 1933 as a tool and die man. He quickly rose in the company ranks and was recognized for his perfectionism and attention to detail. Because of his expertise and craftsmanship, during the war years, he was handpicked to work at North American Aviation in Kansas City on projects that required a greater degree of precision than had ever been required. Doing "war work," he was sent to the University of California - Berkeley, and to Los Alamos, New Mexico to develop and refine work on a key component of the Manhattan Project, which brought an end to World War II. A lifelong entrepreneur, Stan recognized that after the war young men returning from combat in World War II would need inexpensive housing for their young families. He saw a niche and began a company to construct manufactured housing, first as a partner in Universal Trailer Manufacturing Corporation in Kansas City, and later as President of Nashua Manufacturing Corp. (1949 to 1958) and Chickasha Mobile Homes, Inc. (1959 to 1975). Stan and his second wife, Patricia, left Kansas City in 1980 and relocated to McAllen, Texas to enjoy golf and travel. Worldwide travelers, they visited Italy, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Istanbul, the Panama Canal, China and Australia. They also enjoyed treating family members to wonderful trips to Alaska and the Caribbean. Stan was pleased to say that he had the opportunity to visit all 50 of the United States. Family was important and he often remarked how pleased he was to see how everyone got along. He enjoyed being at the center of the group, regaling the gathering with tales of his business experiences and travel adventures. But, in his later years he would often sit back and watch with pleasure and pride as the family interacted. He inspired his family and was a mentor to dozens of young people including his many grandchildren. A benevolent philanthropist, he contributed generously over his lifetime, much of it anonymously, to Duke University Medical Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and other charitable organizations. In addition, and perhaps because as a young man he was unable to afford college, he established theStanley F. Raczynski Foundation that has helped numerous young people achieve a college education. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia Colleen Raczynski, his sons Stanley F. Raczynski, Jr. of Albuquerque, NM, and Ronald Raczynski(Sheila) of Palm Desert, CA, and his daughter Nancy Ann Goodman (Bill) of Island Park, ID. He also is survived by four step-daughters, Judith Ann Mahoney (Tim), Mary Bresette (Rob Buccino), Lida Bresette Zolno (Ron), and Barbara Bresette-Mills (Jack), as well as 20 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his first wife of 31 years and the mother of his four children, Ann P. Grabowski, his daughter Patricia Ann Allen, his step-son James Edward Bresette, III, and his great granddaughters Ryanne West Hauschild and Rachel Colleen Zolno. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO (campbarnabas.org), or to the . You are invited to share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 1, 2013