George Albert Rakos was born June 21, 1940 in Tacoma, Washington to Albert and
Georgia Rakos. He was baptized into the faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tacoma and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran in Aberdeen. He grew up in Hoquiam, a small logging company
town, where his railway engineer father guided his sons to Concordia Academy in Portland, OR. He followed his father’s advice and then finished his studies at
Concordia College, Seward, NE after serving for a time in the Marine Corps Reserves.
After college, George was called to become a principal / teacher at Zion Lutheran School in Piedmont, California where he met the love of his life, Carolyn Theiss. They were married in Zion on August 10, 1963. They were both teachers, so they packed up their car one summer and headed for the Alcan Highway. They fell in love with Alaska, moved in 1967, and returned in 1974 after a five-year call to become director of Christian education at Grace Lutheran Church, Modesto, California.
George had a long career in the Anchorage School District, as a teacher at Turnagain and Government Hill, and as a principal at North Star, Gladys Wood, Inlet View and Girdwood. He retired in 1995, took advantage of a stint at USFWS where Carolyn offered him to become their boating safety trainer, and then began serving in lay volunteer ministry. He landed at the end of Funny River Road, where the community wanted to establish a church. The Funny River Community Lutheran Church was born and George continued with his ordination. He was ordained and installed there as a pastor on May 21, 2006. As he retired from full-time ministry in 2015, after 20 years at Funny River, he continued to serve pastoral posts throughout Alaska and as a tour visitor to many congregations.
George loved his family with deep devotion. He loved and was loved by friends all over the world. His generosity and kindness were the fruits of his faith. He enjoyed welcoming his friends and family to the cabin on the Kenai River. He loved Alaska and had an irrepressible
the spirit of adventure. He and Carolyn loved to travel and explore. A particularly special place was Remininy, Slovakia, where he traced his roots.
He played football in high school and college. He was a passionate and accomplished fisherman. He had a passion for woodworking. He built the family house in 1974, then a cabin, a fleet of wooden river boats, a canoe made of cedar slats, a lot of furniture, including altar furniture from his church. He loved downhill skiing and loved telling stories about his work days at his uncle Bob Seaman’s sports store on Fourth Avenue. He was a lifelong learner and a student of history.
For all of his varied interests, accomplishments, and professional roles, the most important thing about George is his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He sought to do his Father’s will, to lead people to the cross of Christ and to share the Good News that Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, overcame death to redeem and save all mankind.
The Lord called George to his eternal rest on December 20, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn, daughter Karen, daughter and son-in-law Jahna and Joe.
George would remind us in this holy season that the love of God has come down to us in Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. We are comforted by his peace, love, mercy, and grace, now and forever, resting in the promise of the resurrection to eternal life.
A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N Street, Anchorage, Alaska with Reverend Tony Schultz officiating. A funeral service and internment will be scheduled in the spring at
Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
Posted by Peninsula Clarion on Dec 28, 2021.