Calvin “Bill” Racer

Calvin Racer Photo

Calvin “Bill” Racer, 86, of Front Royal, died on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in the Commonwealth Assisted Living of Front Royal.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 4, at 12:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, with Pastor John Burke and Pastor Mike McCartney officiating. Interment will follow in the Washington Masonic Cemetery in Washington, VA with military honors.

Mr. Racer was born on March 30, 1929 in Rappahannock County, son of the late James Carroll Racer, Sr. and Mary Coppage Woodard. Mr. Racer was a US Army Korean War Veteran retiring after four years in the US Navy and sixteen in the US Army.  After retirement from the military, he raised cattle and farmed for many years. He was a member of the Chester Gap Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife Betty Smedley Racer; one step-daughter Brenda Gerlich; one step-son Clyde W. Swart; Step-mother   Mae Racer  three sisters Mae Johnson, Lois Jenkins, and Beverly Exline; one step-sister Hope Huff; and three step-grandchildren Kurt Gerlich, Emma Gerlich, and Vicky Swart who made her home with Bill and Betty for many years. Mr. Racer was preceded in death with his parents; three brothers Russell Racer, George Richard Racer and James Carroll Racer, Jr.; one sister Esther Leonard; and one special aunt, Anna Fincham.

Pallbearers will be members of the military and Kurt Gerlich, Thomas Leake, Larry Williams, Kevin Settle, Ronnie Morris, and C.E. “Skippy” Giles.

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 4, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the funeral Home.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Bill’s caregivers at Loving Arms, Commonwealth Assisted Living of Front Royal, and Blue Ridge Hospice for the excellent care he received.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Chester Gap Baptist Church, 41 Waterfall Rd., Chester Gap, VA 22623; The Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, VA.


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