John enjoyed working crossword puzzles, fishing, and especially rod making and fly tying. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and past member of Kiwanis. John served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was the beloved father of Martha Racketa and Denise (Dan) Kern; and father-in-law of Michele Racketa; and loving grandfather of Alex, Michael, Laura, Thomas, Neil, Kaleigh and Brandy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose (Gatten) to whom he was married 50 years; son, John Racketa, Jr.; grandson, Paul, and sister, Louise Toth.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013, 10 A.M., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Father Thomas E. Stock will be the Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery. Family will receive friends Wednesday, January 2, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. 3rd St., Dover, OH 44622, or your local Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Associations.
Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome