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Boneita Rakestraw

August 9, 1945 — April 2, 2020

Boneita Louise "Bonnie" Rakestraw 74, of Morton passed away on April 2, 2020 at OSF St Francis in Peoria. She was born on August 9, 1945 the daughter of Ralph O. and Dorothy (Wettstein) Washer. She married Smith H. "Smitty" Rakestraw on February 15, 1974 in Goodfield, IL. He preceded her in death on September 18, 2015.
Bonnie worked as a bookkeeper for Knapp Lumber for 6 years and also Pyles Trucking for 13 years.
She is survived by 1 daughter: Amy (Doug) Meiner of Washington; 2 sons: Timothy (Co) Miltenberger of Morton, Smith R. Rakestraw of Uniontown, PA; 3 step-daughters: Susan (Eddie) Hart of Burlington, IA, Margie (Rob) Craig of Morton, Heidi (Jeff) Schreiner of Burlington, IA; 1 step-son: Bill (the late Kim) Rakestraw of Peoria; 2 brothers: Ken (Deb) Washer of Secor, James Washer of Peoria; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a member of the Roanoke Art League.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no visitation. A private family burial will take place at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to the American Diabetes Association. Online tributes and condolences may be made at

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