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Ralph Frank Raczynski, age 92 of Center Line, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born September 5, 1925 in Detroit, son of the late Adam Raczynski and the late Anna Price.

With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage Mr. Raczynski for his service to our country during World War II. As a soldier in our great U.S. Army, Ralph was a member of the 10th Mountain Division and spent a considerable amount of time overseas from Europe, to Africa, and the Middle East having received the respective campaign medal with 2 bronze stars indicating 2 tours of duty in these theaters of operation. Along with the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and his Honorable Service Medal, Ralph also earned his Sharpshooter Badge,… which means the enemy didn't have a chance. For the sacrifices made and his willingness to stand in harm's way for freedom's cause, we honor Ralph's service, bravery and patriotism in answering his call to duty with pride.

Following his return stateside, and the culmination of his education and training, Ralph was proud to be a part of the automotive giant, General Motors, where he worked as an engineer. He loved his job, reaped immense satisfaction from his efforts, and extended the utmost in excellence while in GM's employ. Following a long and successful career, Ralph finally accepted his well-deserved retirement and headed off to the next chapter of life. Yet GM was never forgotten. Along with the many memories he took away from working there, one of them included his membership and association with the GM Men's Club, a shared social gathering with some of his fellow workmates. It made for a great balance between work and play.

Hailing from the small community of Center Line, Ralph was quite attached to his little hamlet nestled within the confines of its larger brother, Warren. Always the kind of guy who thought of others' needs first, he decided to take his community spirit and put it to work as a city councilman where he was an integral part of the city's operations and remained involved in its effectiveness. During his tenure in office, Ralph loved the fact that he was given the opportunity of "making a difference."

On the aspect of being involved, Ralph was also quite plugged into the operations of his church home, St. Clement Catholic Church in Center Line. The word involved almost seems understated when thinking of just how much he poured himself into the care and passion he held for St. Clement. A man devout in his faith and beliefs, Ralph also enjoyed putting his faith into action through his involvement in groups like the "Friends of the Cardinal" of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA). PRCUA was established in 1873 and is renowned as being the oldest Polish / American organization in the U.S., and Ralph loved being engaged in its various activities,…especially when it included BINGO.

Another way that Ralph put his faith into action was through the iconic Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus. Not only did he reap a multitude of blessings and pleasure from the brotherhood and fraternal relationships he shared amongst his fellow Knights, but Ralph was honored to have achieved great heights while in his association with the group as well. As a Knight with the Fr. Framer Council #2835, Ralph attained to the level of 3rd Degree. Later, while a part of the Msgr. Van Dyke Assembly – Council #0483, he excelled to that of 4th Degree and was also appointed as the council's Faithful Navigator, a position that would reflect the status of Chief Executive Officer in the secular world. Along with all the above, Ralph was also a distinguished member of the Color Corps whose ministry it is to preside at the visitations of fellow deceased Knights.

A man of many gifts and talents, Ralph was always there to help when the need arose. A Mr. Fix-It at the core,…a man of wisdom when advise was needed,…and a man of faith when your spirit needed a lift, Ralph's abilities in many realms reigned supreme and left behind few concerns as everyone just knew,…"Ralph will do it!"

A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Ralph held his family in the highest regard and they were truly the center of his world. They were the light of his life when the world could get dark,…they warmed his soul when things grew cold,…and they lifted him up as if connected with strings from Heaven. Yet all of this was simply a reflection of the wonderful and giving man he was to them all. He leaves behind a legacy of love for them all to cherish whenever a reflection brings him close again. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Ralph was the beloved husband of Irene. Dearest father of Mary Ann (Doug) Evans and Barbara (Ron) Toboy. Loving grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 10.

Visitation for Ralph will be held Sunday, June 3rd from 3-9 pm, with a 7:30 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church – St. Clement Campus in Center Line, Michigan. Interment will follow at St. Clement Cemetery in Center Line.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207 (www.cskdetroit.org), the Fr. Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, MI 48207 (www.solanuscenter.org0, or to the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament, 29575 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334 (info@opnuns-fh.org).

Please share memories of Ralph at his memory book above.