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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2007
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Everyone can learn from Raths family’s positive outlook

To The Daily: Thank you Seth Burkett for the wonderful article that pretty much captured the essence of Phil Raths and his family.

The Raths’ offsprings’ comments that their father’s departure from this Earth only means he is now dancing in heaven with his beloved wife, Mickee, is wonderfully typical of their parents’ attitude about life.

I recall Mickee saying some years ago, upon the death of their eldest son, “When one door closes, another one opens.” She refused to be negative.

No matter the sometimes sorrowful events the family had to face, Phil and Mickee greeted them with acceptance, perseverance and optimism that the best was yet to come.

Our family was privileged to know Phil and Mickee as well as several of their 10 offspring. Would that we all could adopt their positive attitudes about life, family, living, working and giving back to the community.

Gerry Coffey
Decatur

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