Michael Wayne Rasberry

March 15, 1951 ~ September 5, 2011

Michael Wayne Rasberry, 60, of Lake Charles, LA died at 12:50 AM on Monday, September 5, 2011 at his residence.

Born March 15, 1951 in Bunkie, LA, Mike was a graduate of C. F. Byrd High School. He attended Louisiana State University where he received his Master's Degree and more importantly met his wife of thirty-seven years. He has lived and raised his family in Lake Charles, LA working at Louisiana Menhaden Company and PPG as an Environmental Lab Analyst, retiring in 2006. Mike's strongest passion was avidly participating in his children's lives where he played the role of coach, Scout Master and most of all a cheerleader. Mike was the definition of a great outdoorsman. His other favorite pastime was found in nature. Deer hunting and fly fishing were the activities that he treasured the most and shared with his wife Debbie. They went on many adventures together exploring the woods, rivers and streams of Alaska, Canada and Montana. Mike attended First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Dickens Rasberry; daughter, Carrow Rasberry of New York; son, Dr. Matthew Rasberry and fiance'e Farris Hall of Alexandria, LA; mother, Christine Rasberry of Shreveport, LA; sisters, Christa Straub and husband Tom of Auburn, AL and Sharon Hughey and husband Bill of Albany, GA; mother-in-law, Frances Dickens; brother-in-law, Horace L. Dickens, Jr. and wife Cathi, all of Lake Charles; and beloved dog, Elsie Bell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Ray Rasberry and father-in-law, Horace L. Dickens, Sr.

His funeral service will be 1:00 PM on Friday, September 9, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church. Reverends Louis Blankenbaker and Weldon Bares will officiate. Burial will follow in Prien Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 11:00 AM until the start of the service.

The family would like to express a special word of thanks to Charles Allison, Ray Marcantel, and Rosanna Ryan, Christus St. Patrick Hospice, and everyone who had a part in his care.

Donations can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 or the National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494.

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Memories Timeline


  1. Debbie and Family,We will always remember our wonderful friendship as young married couples at LSU, raising our young children together and New Year's Eve Suppers. We pray that you feel the love and support of all your friends. Our love and sympathy, Mary Ellen and Peter O'Carroll

  2. Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Love and peace,Paula

  3. Debbie, Matthew, and Carrow,Our prayers go out to you and your family. Mike was a sweet and gentle man. I will always remember his smile and laughter. Mike will always be in our hearts. He loved his family and Elsie his four legged friend. May God bless and take care of you.Love in Christ, Donna,Jimmy,Katy,Kelly

  4. Hey Mrs. Rasberry, I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Mike. I have so many wonderful memories from 5th grade, where you were my teacher (my favorite to this day.) One of them is a special trip a few of us students got to take to your house one day, I forget why. I do remember meeting Mr. Mike there, and feeling privileged to get to know your family a little better.Carrow, I also remember visiting you many times at the Country Club pro shop, and seeing you and Steph play volleyball together. I just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts.-Andrew

  5. Mike fought the good fight and kept his faith: you did also, Debbie. Our prayers are with you and your precious family. love, Eleanor

  6. Mrs. Rasberry,I've recently learned how important it can be to share with others how you feel. I'm so sorry for your loss, my family's thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. I always imagined your husband as a very strong man, and turns out, I was right. It's a beautiful biography that's been posted. Peace be to all those who knew him, I'm sure he's pleased to know how many are reaching out to his loved ones. My condolences.

  7. Mrs. Rasberry,We wanted to tell you we are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you and praying for you.Love, Amanda, John and Sarah Powers

  8. Ms. Debbie, My mom called me today and told me the sad news. Mr. Mike was a great man and a great father. He reminded me a lot of my grandfather by his strengths to fight and survive. He is now in a better place, free of struggle and awaits our day to join him and our maker. Take care and god bless.william

  9. My sincere condolences to the family of Michael Rasberry. Mike and I graduated in 1969 from Byrd High School. I remember that we both suffered through Latin together. I know he will be missed. Again, my deepest sympathy to you all.

  10. Our deepest sympathy is with all of you at this time. Remember that your loved one will always be in your heart and spirit. God bless. . .

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