Rayce Xavier Raschka, 18, of Sauk City, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2018, at American Family Children’s Hospital surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle against Aplastic Anemia.
Rayce was born May 4, 2000, the son of Derek Raschka and Jessica Frey. He graduated from Sauk Prairie High School in 2018. Rayce loved life and lived it to the fullest. From karate, to hockey, gymnastics and finally finding his passion, music. While in high school, he was able to touch us all through his performances with Executive Session, marching band, musicals and dance. He always seemed to shine on stage. He loved spending time with his best friend “Cute Nerd” going to movies, hiking at Devil’s Lake, talking for hours, sleeping and lots of time “culvering” in the driveway. He was blessed to have her by his side for the last 1 1/2 years. He drew strength from her, even on his worst days she could always make him smile. No matter what restrictions they put on him, she was always his exception. He loved her more than anything.
Rayce continued to amaze and inspire us with his courage, resilience, strength and determination while battling Aplastic Anemia. Even through this difficult time his smile would light up the room, his smile and his sense of humor never wavered. He was a rare soul, wise beyond his years, loved to read and preferred physical books to Kindle’s and would read a 500 page book in a day. Rayce was known to listen to Imagine Dragons Pandora radio station or play Dungeons and Dragons on occasion, maybe more. While in the hospital the nurses always loved coming into his room just to listen to the music and chat with him.
He had a heart of gold and loved his family and friends deeply, and left his mark on all who were fortunate to know him. Rayce and his sisters were the three amigos for most of their life. They rarely fought; well the girls are a different story. He was such an amazing big brother to them their whole lives, he would have done anything for them. Except share his food with them. He loved them more than they ever knew and loved spending time with them. Watching the movie Elf at Christmas will not be the same anymore.
How do you sum a life in a few phrases? Especially a life that proved to everyone it touched why this life was worth existing? I know you can sum up that untouchable, incredible, ineffable concept in one word: Rayce.
People say a lot of things when you lose a soul. Brave, kind, full of love, amazing, talented, funny, calming, incredible. In the case of Rayce, the remarkable thing, the truly remarkable thing, is that he truly, actually was all of those things.
Quite literally an angel.
Life isn’t easy, it’s hard. And it’s hard on so many people, and we don’t always realize how hard it is for everyone else. How much pain, struggle and disconnect we all have. The main thing Rayce has taught us is that the pain, hardship and struggle can never get in the way of love. Love cures every wound we have and he had it in droves. And he knew it would bring everyone together, that’s why he was a gift to us all.
Rayce made an impact on everyone he met. He was one of a kind. His smile lit up any room he walked into. He had the most amazing hugs that made you forget all of your worries. He changed people; he was a true example of someone everyone hopes they could be. In his short 18 years he left his mark on the world. He left his mark on so many people and anyone who had the privilege of meeting him will be forever changed. Fly high Rayce, Those we love do not go away, they walk beside us forever.
Rayce is survived by his loving parents, Derek Raschka and Jessica Frey (Brad Druffin):
siblings, Kailey and Dawson Raschka, Christian and Adrianna Druffin; paternal grandparents, Francis and Debbie Raschka of Merrimac; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Renee Frey of Sauk City; the love of his life and partner in crime, Alyssa Roland “Cute Nerd”; aunts, uncles, cousins, Dave and Taylor Raschka and their son Easton, Jamie (Frey), Kurt Caldwell and their children, Caity, Blaze, Kash, Hailey and Harper Caldwell, Michale and Brittney Frey (Kane due Sept. 2018), and Mathew Frey (Victoria Gallup); numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and his extended Sauk Prairie Music Department Family.
A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. June 21, 2018, at the River Arts Center, 105 Ninth St., Prairie du Sac. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. June 20, 2018, at the River Arts Center.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the amazing doctors and nursing staff at the American Family Children’s Hospital, for all of their wonderful care they gave to Rayce during the last six months.
In lieu of flowers, a scholarship memorial will be established in Rayce’s name.
Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence in death. -Wernher von Braun