Robert E. Raecke
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Raecke, Robert E. DUANESBURG Mr. Robert E. Raecke, 60, of Duanesburg, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Northumberland, N.Y. A native of Auburn, N.Y., Robert was the son of Otto A. and Esther L. Raecke. A graduate of Auburn East High School, he had attended Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. For the past several years he was employed with MMC Millwork, Albany, N.Y. A devoted fan of the sport of sky diving, he was a master level teacher and had well over 9,000 jumps to his credit. His second passion was hiking, especially in the Adirondacks. Robert is survived by his sisters, Carol R. Nolan, Auburn, N.Y., and Judith Raecke, Seattle; nieces, Theresa (Kevin) Mahoney, Auburn, N.Y., and Molly (Edwin) Hood, Dillon, Colo.; nephew, Timothy (Gail) Nolan, Auburn; several great-nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, M. Jeanne Brooks, and a niece, Beth Nolan. A celebration of Bob's life will be held Sunday, September 25, 2011 at noon at the Midway Fire Department, 1956 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205. Memorials may be made to your local library, Red Cross or Salvation Army. Arrangements are with Farrell's Funeral Service Inc., 84 South St., Auburn, N.Y.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Sep. 23, 2011.
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October 3, 2011
Bob shared a lot with me. River Rats, Tugboat Roundup, fireworks on Lake George, hiking, Troy Music Hall, that little Italian Restaurant in Troy, thoughts, dreams, and tons more, as well as his love. I will miss you sooo much, my friend. I love you. Cindy
September 27, 2011
I met Bob years ago when I worked for Scott's Printing Company here in Duanesburg. He would often come to visit Scott at the print shop, as they were fellow skydivers together. Bob was always quiet and kind, not given to boast or bravado. He did have a wonderful smile, and I know he will be deeply missed. Bless him always, and to you who mourn him.
Colleen Affinito
September 25, 2011
Thank you Bob for the wonderful memories and laughter you've brought to my life in the last decade. I will be forever grateful to have met such a kind, generous and humble person such as yourself. Have a good one Senor

JD
JD Demers
September 25, 2011
Your ear to ear smile
Leslie & Don Gorman
September 24, 2011
Thank you for all you advice and the time you spent helping me become a better skydiver I will miss our long talks and watching the sun sets over a beer with you at the end of successful day at the DZ... "Ya for our team "
jJohn Ruggiero
September 24, 2011
I give you this one thought to keep-
I am with you still-I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone-
I am with you still- in each new dawn.

Native American Prayer

Many thanks to all of Bob's friends for their assistance and offers to help in any way. Our family deeply appreciates all your support.(Bob's niece).
Theresa Nolan-Mahoney
September 23, 2011
I will miss our chats at the light in Duanesburg Bob. You were awesome and truly a nice guy.
Cindy Treis
September 23, 2011
So long Farwell Senor, Blue Skies Forever. I hope you are peace. I will never look 'up' to the sky again without thinking of your smiling face and all the fun times. To Bob's family I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mel Charles
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