Matthew George Raska
1955 - 2021
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Matthew George Raska, 65, of Lake City, passed away on Sunday afternoon, February 14, 2021 at the North Florida Regional Medical Center after a extended illness. He was born in Orlando, Florida on September 21, 1955 to the late Joseph and Germaine Bourque Raska. He has made Lake City his home for the last 26 years and attended the Lake City Church of God. He retired after 20 years of service in the United States Air Force and loved going to auctions, where he would buy and sell all the treasures that he would find. He was a loving husband, dad, poppy and most of all friend to everyone that he met; he never met a stranger. He also loved the Lord with all of his heart. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Krystle Raska.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sue Raska; daughter, Heather Ceplecha; grandchildren, Karson Ceplecha and Bella Foster; brother, Louis Raska (Joanne) and David Raska (Nanette); sisters, Rose Murray (Mike), Anne Boehm (Ron) and Helen Bos (Cary). Two little loving dachshunds along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends that he loved dearly also survive.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Raska will be conducted on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Carl Thomas officiating. Interment will follow. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 A.M. (one hour prior to the graveside service).
Arrangements are under the direction and care of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S. US HWY 441, Lake City, FL, 32025, 386-752-1954. Please leave words of comfort for the family at

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Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
Mathew was like a brother to me he was a real good friend. He will be deeply missed by everyone, God must of needed another angel. He was an angel on earth and now in heaven. I just hope there's auctions there. rest in peace my friend you Will always be in my heart
Mickey brown
February 17, 2021
the family lived on the next street over where I grew up in Homestead
Lorna Gerber Ettman
February 17, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
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