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Michael Adam Raschko, DMD

August 5, 1934 - September 21, 2019

Michael Adam Raschko, DMDMichael Adam Raschko, DMDMichael Adam Raschko, age 85 of Salem, died September 21, 2019 surrounded by his family.
Mike was born August 5, 1934 in Dickinson, North Dakota to Katherine and Michael J. Raschko. He and his family moved to Salem in 1949.
Mike graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salem, Santa Clara University, and the University of Oregon School of Dentistry.
He took the State Boards, graduated from Dental School, and was married to Miriam I. Bloom in the same week in June 1960 and entered the Army in August of 1960. He was stationed at Fort Ord, CA as a lieutenant and finished his service in 1962 as a Captain, serving in the Dental Corp.
Mike practiced dentistry in Salem for 34 years and retired in 1996.
Mike’s passion was golf, and he started playing at a course with oiled sand greens in Western North Dakota. He would go on to play on the Santa Clara University golf team and was a member of Salem Golf Club and then Illahe Hills Country Club.
After retiring, Mike loved traveling the state as a member of the Oregon Golf Association golf course rating team. He did this for a number of years. 
Mike and Miriam also traveled after retirement. Golf trips to Scotland and Ireland were highlights.
Although he never attended Oregon State University, Mike enjoyed many Beaver football games over the years – probably not as much for the football, but for tailgating with his Salem Golf Club buddies.
The Catholic Church provided a foundation for Mike’s life and he and his family were members of Queen of Peace Parish and later St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for many years.
Mike is survived by his wife Miriam I. Raschko of Salem; Children: Michael L. Raschko (Jennifer) of Wilsonville, William G. Raschko (Pam) of Albany, Lawrence S. Raschko of Wilsonville, and Lisa R. Sonne (Daniel) of Portland; Siblings: Marlene Krebs (sister) of Salem, Patrick P. Raschko (brother) of Salem; Grandchildren: Sophia Raschko, Mack and Madison Raschko, and Evan, Michael, and Owen Sonne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael J. and Katherine Raschko, and his brothers, Leslie, Vernon, and James Raschko.
A Memorial Mass will be held on October 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salem, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mike’s memory can be made to Meals on Wheels or Catholic charities  . 

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Very sad to hear of Dr. Raschko's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones.
I always enjoyed going to Dr. Raschko's office as a youngster and as an adult.  He he took care of several of our family members for many, many years.  He was a true professional, a wonderful Doctor and an amazing person.  He made everyone feel welcome and special when they visited his office.
God Bless, and we wish him a blessed journey home to the Lord's arms.
The Peppler family - Salem, Oregon.

The best dentist our family has ever had!  He saw us through 3 teenagers who missed appointments too many times to count. As small children, they loved to "ride the chair" up to the ceiling in his office. 
We will always remember Mike for his humor, his love of golf, and his immense patience. Our teeth still show us Mke's good work.  You will be missed Mike. There will be prayers for your family during this difficult time.  
We were members of your Queen of Peace family so many years ago.

Miriam and all the kids, I am so sorry to read about your loss.  I have great memories of Mike and all of you nextdoor neighbors on Holmes court in Salem.  I will be traveling with Claudia and won’t be able to attend the services.  Hugs to all of you, Chris Salstrom Hodes.

We were very sad to learn of Mike's death this morning. My wife, Mary Alice, introduced Mike and Miriam our senior year
of dental school. Mike and I sat next to each other for those four years. We have enjoyed countless memories as great
friends since 1956. 
Our  sincere blessings and prayers to the Raschko family.

Glynn and Mary Alice Roberson

Dear Miriam and family. I am saddened to learn of your loss. Mike was a special person. It was my privilege to be a dental school classmate, a colleague in practice, and most important - a friend. His strong Catholic faith, which I share, assures us that he is at peace. I will remember you in my prayers.

Mike was a college classmate (Santa Clara) and a good friend. May he rest in pieace.
Jerry Gianotti

A wonderful man who touched so many lives.  Thoughts and prayers to the family at this sad time.

Bridgeview Dental Associates

Dr. Raschko will always be in my memories as a kind dentist.  The Kerber family was one of his first set of patients.  We all had teeth in need of help, a result of years of being without dental insurance and a steady income, but Dr. Raschko never chastised my parents for this unfortunate circumstance.  He let them make payments...undoubtedly for years!...and always treated them with respect.  For almost six months, I was going to his dental office once a week for dental work.  I loved how gentle he was, how he told bad jokes, how he talked about his golf game and how he softly whistled while he worked on my teeth.  I was a sophomore in high school when I first started my dental care with him.  He was my dentist throughout college and my early teaching years.  When I moved to Las Vegas in 1986, I was convinced I would never find as good a dentist as him...and I was right.  However, many dentists commented on the thoroughness and durability of his work.  I still have fillings he put in during the 1970s.  I hope he is now enjoying life in heaven, whistling and smiling.