Dec. 10, 1955--Dec. 14, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Lynn A. Rakes, 55, died on Tuesday (Dec. 14, 2010).
He was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska on Dec. 10, 1955, to Harold and Dorothy (Greenwood) Rakes. Lynn grew up in the Nebraska City area and graduated from Pioneer High School in 1974.
After graduation, Lynn went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He continued his work as a Building and Bridge Mechanic and Foreman after the merger of Burlington Northern and the Santa Fe (BNSF), continually working for more than 34 years.
Lynn was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Nebraska City at the Bethel Evangelical Church. He was united in marriage to Denise Linner on Oct. 1, 1983, at the Peace Lutheran Church in McCook, Nebraska. Denise and Lynn built a "coach car" home on Trail 4 of Medicine Creek Reservoir. At that time they moved their church membership to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge in August of 1983.
Lynn loved the outdoors. The couple made their home on the lake which was ideal for pheasant, turkey, goose, duck hunting, and fishing that he so loved.
He enjoyed processing his own deer and making sausage. He enjoyed playing cards, pool, bowling and shuffleboard. Lynn touched many lives; he enjoyed helping people; and he enjoyed life to the fullest.
Lynn was preceded by his grandparents; parents; and a brother, Larry.
He is survived by his wife, Denise of Cambridge; brother, Lonnie and wife, Ramona of Nebraska City; sisters--in-law, Leah Rakes of McCook, Kathleen and husband, Larry Tams of Alma, Nebraska, Shirley and husband, Ervin Volgamore of Beaver City, Nebraska, Margie and husband, Earl Denio of Stratton, Nebraska, Bev and husband, Rodney "Butch" Hilker of Arapahoe, Nebraska; brothers-in-law, Ron and wife, Mary Linner of Bird City, Kansas, Doug and wife, Kaye Linner of Hendley, Nebraska, Jim and wife, Heidi Linner of Norton, Kansas, Alvin and wife, Sherry Linner of Beaver City, Harold "Jr" and wife, Don Linner of Beaver City, Randy and wife, Cindy Linner of Norton, Kansas, and Roger and wife, Kim Linner of Almena, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are Friday, 11 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook with Pastor David Feddern officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at a future date.
Friends may sign the guestbook at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday or leave online condolences at lockenour.com.
A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers to the Cambridge Rescue Squad.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements