Celebrating the life of Louis H. Rackers
Posted On: 3-5-2015 | Posted By: WK Staff
Last week, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Lou Rackers, who was a partner in our firm from 1961 until his retirement in 1987. Lou passed away on February 23 at the age of 89.
Lou Rackers had a lasting impact on Williams-Keepers LLC, and we are grateful for his leadership and friendship.
Lou was one of our early named partners – for a while, we went by “Williams, Keepers, Oliver, Payne & Rackers.” He was one of the first partners in our Jefferson City office and was instrumental in leading the growth of the firm in the capital city and the surrounding area.
Lou graduated from high school in 1943 and immediately began serving our country in the United States Navy for the balance of World War II. He also served in the Navy in the Korean War in 1951. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1949 with a degree in accounting and joined Williams-Keepers the following year.
Lou was a highly respected man who gave back generously to the community in many ways. He served in many different roles in his church, was a president of the Helias Catholic School Board, and in 2008 was inducted into the Helias Foundation Hall of Fame. He was also very passionate about the Vitae Caring Foundation and the Capital Regional Hospital, serving on several boards and committees.
After Lou retired, he remained a familiar, supportive face around the firm. He was very proud of WK and interested in how the firm was doing. In 2003, he cheered on his granddaughter, Elisa Brenneke, when she joined WK as a tax accountant. “He was thrilled when I joined the firm. WK was such a big part of my grandpa’s life, and I always admired him growing up,” said Elisa.
Lou Rackers played many important roles throughout his life, and “accountant” might have been the least of them. However, he had a lasting impact on Williams-Keepers LLC, and we are grateful for his leadership and friendship.