Published in the Iola Register on Oct. 10, 2013.


 Ronald A. Racette, 88 years of age, of Clyde, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Park Villa Nursing Home in Clyde. He was born on Feb. 12, 1925, in St. Joseph, Kan.  to Delphos and Emma (Pelland) Racette. Ronald married Maxine Girard on Jan. 26, 1948, in St. Joseph. He was a farmer/stockman all of his life. Ronald was always very dedicated to his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyde, Knights of Columbus, and a past member of the Lions Club in Clyde.
 Ronald is survived by three sons, Daniel (LaDona) Racette of Louisa, Va.; David (Carolyn) Racette of Cañon City, Colo.; Jerry (Diane) Racette of West Townsend, Mass.;  two daughters, Pauline (Stephen) Pearce of Wells; Jayne (Kevin) Gunn of Manhattan; 16 grandchildren, Tami (Dave) Ludwig, Marc (Dana) Racette, Jim (Lana) Racette, Suzanne (Jason) Gowdy, Aaron (Havilah) Racette, Michelle (Dominic) LaFauci, Christin Racette, Jared Racette, Amy (Ian) Newlin, Lori (Rick) Peterson, Brian (Denali) Pearce, Matthew Dowell, Morgan (Caleb) Enoch, Meghan Dowell, Brandon Gunn, Tiffany (David) Heyd; 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Romanus “Bob” (Shirley) Racette of Larned; sister, Darlene Weatherhead of Clyde; 2 sisters-in-law, Virginia Racette of Clyde, JoAnn Dalton of Clay Center; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Maxine on August 30, 1995; son, Stephen; two brothers, Wilbur and Eldon; and a sister, Wilma Jean Weatherhead.
 Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyde with the Rev. Larry Letourneau officiating. 
 Interment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Clyde. Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Chaput Mortuary in Clyde. A vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyde. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice to be designated at a future date in care of the Mortuary. Condolences may be left online at Chaput Mortuary in Clyde is in charge of arrangements.