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Charles Racine

September 8, 1937 — December 28, 2020

Born in Chicago, IL on September 8, 1937 Departed on December 28, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN
Charles Edward Racine

Born in Chicago, IL on September 8, 1937

Departed on December 28, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Mr. Charles "Chuck" Edward Racine, of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, December 28th, 2020. Chuck was born September 8, 1937 in Chicago, Il. He was the son of the late Charles W. and Lillian Racine, was reared in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in 1959 from DePauw university after which he completed four years active duty in the U.S. Air Force stationed in France. After active duty, he continued to serve with the Ohio National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. Chuck also went on to get his law degree from the university of Toledo Law School, graduating in 1967, and worked for the former First National Bank of Toledo and then in private practice until he retired.

Chuck was married to Yvonne Lutz of Obernai, France while stationed in Europe. After returning to the United States, they had two sons, Charles and Marc from this union. Yvonne passed away in 1967. In 1970, Chuck married Joyce Clark, also a widow with two children, Steve and Lisa, and together they created a partnership and loving home for the next half century. Chuck and Joyce celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 12th, 2020.

Over the years, Chuck was active in the American Heart Association Toledo Northwest Ohio Division, Gideons International, prison ministry, Military Officers Association of America-MOAA and Ohio & Tennessee Bar Associations. He was committed to Jesus Christ and gave his heart to the Lord and to his church, First Baptist Church of Hendersonville where he and Joyce enjoyed volunteering and being part of the church family. He especially enjoyed Christian counseling and Children's Ministry. He was a godly man and true servant of the Lord. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Chuck will be remembered for his kind spirit, unfailing patience and powerful testimony and his ever-present smile. His memory will be cherished by the family and friends who loved him.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Joyce of Gallatin, TN; sons, Charles Racine, Marc (Beth) Racine; grandchildren, Galen Racine, Kelby Potter, Mya Racine, Noah Racine and Anthony Reber; great-grandchild Emma Racine. He is preceded in death by his son, Steve and daughter, Lisa and his parents, Charles and Lillian Racine.

Private family interment was conducted at Toledo Memorial Park in Toledo, OH. Celebration of Life Service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 28th at First Baptist Church Hendersonville. Masks and social distancing will be required at the church.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at alexandergallatin.com. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

8 Comments Denise & Jeff Gayer January 1, 2021 at 9:41 pm - Reply

Joyce, we are so very sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. He was an incredible man and we were so very honored to have known him. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. May you find comfort in the love of family and friends during this difficult time. What a legacy Chuck left. God bless you all!!

Barry Nichols January 3, 2021 at 6:00 am - Reply

Joyce, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I'll be holding you in though and prayer.

Susan Hartman Muska January 4, 2021 at 4:45 pm - Reply

May his memory be for a blessing. I always enjoyed talking with Chuck at our weekly Lucas Bar Association lunches, where he was a faithful and integral member. My condolences to you and your family.

David A Dennis January 4, 2021 at 7:51 pm - Reply

I am so sorry to learn of Chuck’s passing. I have many fond memories of Chuck. We often carpooled to the Notre Dame Estate Planning Conference. I enjoyed hosting the Toledo reunions for Chuck and Joyce at my home.

Mildred Cornwell January 7, 2021 at 4:49 pm - Reply

Joyce, I am so so sorry. We had no idea. If there is any thing we can do Please let me know.

With Love, Mildred
Gallatin Public Library

Peter Dodgion January 30, 2021 at 1:04 pm - Reply

My prayers are with the family.

Cliff Powell January 16, 2021 at 7:52 pm - Reply

Dear Joyce,

This is in remembrance of your beloved Chuck. I always felt blessed during the time we spent together sharing the challenges and experiences during our service to the U.S. Air Force, FBC Hendersonville, and Gideons International. It is a privilege to offer my prayers for you and your family during this time of reflection and grief.

With Abiding Love and Respect,
Cliff Powell

Mike Austin January 30, 2021 at 1:43 pm - Reply

Very sorry for your loss. I did not know Charles but I went to school (OSU) and worked with his son Marc. I remember Marc often spoke highly of his dad.

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