Visitation for Hall of Fame volleyball coach Fred Rakers will be at Mater Dei

News-DemocratNovember 9, 2013 

A BND file photo shows former Mater Dei volleyball coach Fred Rakers with his daughters, from left, Jen Calloway and Erin Crawford.

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Visitation for Fred Rakers, the Hall of Fame volleyball coach who died Wednesday, will be held Sunday and Monday in the main gym at Mater Dei High School in Breese.

Hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Funeral Services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the gym with Bishop Stanley Schlarmann, and the Revs. Dan Friedman and Chuck Tuttle officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Breese.

Memorials can be made to the Mater Dei Volleyball Program and will be received at Mater Dei or Hempen Funeral Home, 201 S. Clinton in Aviston.

Rakers was 68 and had battled cancer for several months. He built Mater Dei into one of the state's top volleyball programs, leading the teams to six state titles.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie, three children and six grandchildren.

Here are some messages sent to the Fred Rakers Guestbook at

To Rakers Family, Fred was a great person. Humble to say the least. He always gave credit to others.

He never expected anything in return. Oh, by the way he was also a great coach.

Jerry Rehkemper, of Highland

Sincere sympathy to the family in the death of their husband and father. Fred was at MD when two of our children were students and they have nothing but wonderful memories of Fred -- how he was always so kind and how that smile of his could put anyone in a good mood. May he rest in peace!

Pat and Janet Doyle, of Highland

Rosie, Chad, Jennifer, & Erin,

We're ... saddened to hear of Fred's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Yes, he was an awesome coach, but it's the many other things he did in our community that will also be missed. I'll miss things like enjoying time calling bingo with him at the annual church picnic, visiting with him at the local gas station or seeing him driving a school bus in the morning. Our prayers are with you.

Dan & Carol Imming & Family, of Aviston

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