Randy R. Rakich, age 61, of Amherst, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in his home under the care of New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph.
He was born Dec. 19, 1951, in Lorain, Ohio, to Milan and Stella (Toth) Rakich. Randy was a 1970 graduate of Admiral King High. Upon his graduation from high school he went on to further his education at Ohio University, graduating in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Randy owned and operated Rakich and Rakich Inc. on Broadway, in Lorain since 1979. He purchased the business from Louis Cohn where he had started his career in sales. He specialized in men’s clothing and tuxedo rentals and later became known as the “The Uniform Man” supplying uniforms to police, fire and Postal Service departments throughout the state of Ohio. He was very proud of the relationships and friendships that he developed with the service departments. Randy was very passionate about his business and considered each and every customer a friend.
He was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ Church in Amherst, the Black River Masonic Lodge 786 in Lorain, and the Lorain Downtown Growth Association.
Randy loved to travel, especially beach vacations with his family and friends. He loved life and made an impression on all those he met. He was a true family man and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Denise (Cooke); daughter, Jessica Rakich; son, Jared Rakich; mother, Stella (Toth) Rakich; sister, Audrey (Frank) Horvath; brother, Dave (Barb) Rakich; mother-in-law, Fran Cooke; sister-in-law, Debbie (Bob) Radachi; nephews, nieces and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Milan Rakich.
The Rakich family will receive friends 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the funeral home. Rev. Mark Pemberton of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Amherst, will officiate. Interment will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Rev. Mark Pemberton, Dr. George Bescak and New Life Hospice for the care and compassion that was shown to Randy and his family.
Contributions may be made in memory of Randy to New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
Condolences may be left for the Rakich family at dovinreberjones.com.