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Ross Roland Rakow


August 14, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Ross Roland Rakow shares the news of his passing in Puyallup, Washington, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the age of 87. He would be proud to say he survived two wives—Barbara J. Moughon and Cathy Rakow. He had two daughters: Lori Moore and Janet Baker; six grandchildren: Ely Moore, Ashley Thomas, Rachel Moore, Kellie DeNune, Britney Shore, and Mackenzie Marshall; as well as 11 great-grandchildren, with the last one having been born on July 1.

Born and raised on a farm in Page, Nebraska, on Dec. 4, 1931, he came to White Salmon with his parents Luke and Opal Rakow in 1949. Dad worked in lumber mills, as a truck driver, and as a salesman. He and his wife Barbara (Kimes) Rakow worked to put him through college. He was a graduate of the University of Washington College of Business Administration and University of Washington Law School. In 1956, Dad quickly established a solid and successful law practice in Klickitat County where he was appointed as a prosecuting attorney in 1960. In 1961, at age 28, he gained the distinction of being the youngest person, at the time, to serve as a judge in Washington State. He was also a graduate of the National College of Trial Judges at the University of Nevada and Juvenile Court Judges Institute of the University of Minnesota. Dad was a trustee of the State Association of Superior Court Judges, a member of their Committee on Juvenile and Family Court, and the State Delegate to the National Association of Trial Judges Conference. After he served as Superior Court Judge of Klickitat County, he continued his law practice in Goldendale for almost 40 years.

Dad was active in Red Cross, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Jaycess, Elks, and Masonic Lodges. He was an avid accordion player who loved to entertain his family and friends with his talents. In his lifetime, Dad touched so many people with his caring nature and can-do attitude. His door was always open to help a friend. Those who were lucky enough to know him will miss him greatly.


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