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Obituary for Richard M. ‘Ricky’ Raab

Richard “Ricky” Raab

Richard M. “Ricky” Raab, age 62, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, following a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Racine, Wis., on July 30, 1960, the son of the late Emil R. and Dorothy (Nee: Hintz) Raab.

Ricky graduated with the “class of 1978.” He was a member of IUPAT Local 108 and worked as a Painter/Decorator from the age of 17 until last December. He had been employed by D.O.L.L. Painting, Masterpiece Painting, Postorino Construction Finishes, and JDR Painting of Kenosha, Wis., retiring due to his health from his sudden illness.

On Oct. 27, 2013, he was united in marriage to Sylvia (Nee: Rangel) Colon. Ricky liked to stay busy, whether at work or play. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed golf, pool, hunting, fishing, cribbage, and the Green Bay Packers. He will be remembered for painting in Racine and many sites in and out of the area. He also treasured time spent with his brother, Jim, working at Dovetail Woodworking Shop. He was knowledgeable, skilled, and a hard worker. Ricky was well-liked and enjoyed people. He will be dearly missed by his wife, family, and his best friend, John Hurd.

Surviving are his loving wife, Sylvia; children, Savannah Raab, Adrianna Atanafoff, Miranda Raab, Nolan Raab; grandchildren; stepson, Cris (Michelle) Colon; siblings, James R. (Brenda) Raab, Maryann (Gordon) McIntosh, Sheri (Martin) Lopez; brother-in-law Jim Baker; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his aunt, Mary Hintz; sister Susan Baker; nephew Jonathon McIntosh; and grandson Gabriel Atanafoff.


A Memorial service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet prior to the service from 11 a.m.-noon.

The service will be live-streamed and may be viewed by going to the Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home website, select Ricky’s page, select service, and select live stream.

– Life Panel® courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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