Rackow Sr., Charles

Charles Rackow Sr., 79, of Altoona, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, after a tragic car accident. Chuck was born on December 17, 1941, to Howard and Rose Rackow in Winona.

Chuck quit school to begin his lifetime career as an over-the-road truck driver. The job he was most proud of was hauling media equipment for NBC. While doing this, he met some very famous people.

In 1963, he married Kathryn, after 33 years together they divorced. Later he met and continued his journey with Donna Macarthy Milks from Orlando, Fla.

Loved ones that cleared a path for Chuck were his father, Howard Rackow; mother, Rose Werra; sisters, Bernadine Budnick, Louise Ehlers; nephews, Eugene Rackow Jr. and Thomas Ehlers.  

Loved ones that will miss Chuck until they meet again, are his son, Charles Rackow Jr.; daughters, Christine (Dave) Butenhoff, and Teresa (Trifton) Dolbier; grandchildren, Kaila (Brandon) Krenzke, Zachery Rackow, Alex Butenhoff, Cassie (Jeremy) Lemire, Isaiah Dolbier, Kate Dolbier, Samuel Butenhoff and Noah Butenhoff; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Krenzke, Quiyn Krenzke and Jackson Lemire; and brothers, Harold Rackow, Eugene Rackow, Donald Rackow, Mike Rackow . 

Chuck’s grandchildren, and the grandchildren of his significant other were his heart and joy. There is no denying they were the people he enjoyed the most. He would sit on the porch watching them play and cheering them on.  

Another favorite pastime for Chuck was his motorcycles. He spent many hours riding with his friends who named themselves “The Junkyard Dogs.” He made friends easy and will be missed by many.  

Growing up on Prairie Island next to the Mississippi River, Chuck had a love for water which he carried through his life. He spent many years boating and camping on the river with his family and when he later moved to Florida, he spent as much time at the ocean as he possibly could. Therefore, we see it fitting to invite you to help celebrate his life next to the Mississippi River on October 2, from 1-4 p.m. at the Kiwanis Shelter on Prairie Island in Winona near the spillway.