NEW ULM - Henry "Hap" Raabe, 73, of New Ulm, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Andrew Naumann officiating.
Visitation will be 3-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. To sign the guest book, or to leave an online condolence for his family go to www.mvfh.org.
Hap is survived by his wife, Renate Raabe of New Ulm; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Kevin Rueckert of Willmar; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Paula Raabe of Montgomery; grandchildren, Nicole Raabe, Nate Raabe, Christopher Rueckert, Leah Rueckert; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathleen and James Vanisacker of Monroe, Michigan, Barbara and Pastor Peter Naumann of Mobridge, SD; brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Keturah Raabe of Washington DC; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Henry Edmund Raabe was born Dec. 13, 1938 in New Ulm to Henry Luther and Evelyn (Arndt) Raabe. He attended Dr. Martin Luther High School and graduated with the class of 1956. Hap served in the United States Army for three years and was honorably discharged on June 30, 1962 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. On June 9, 1962 Hap was united in marriage with Renate Bartels in New Ulm. He worked at Kraft Foods in New Ulm for 37-1/2 years and then for the USDA for two years after his retirement from Kraft. He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Minnesota Waterfowl, DAV, Honorary Member of the New Ulm Battery (Berg's Battery), Lake Stella Association, and Sons of the Legionnaires. Hap was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, New Ulm Medical Center Hospice, and the American Cancer Society.