Clarence Edward Raab

Clarence Edward Raab

Clarence Edward Raab, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Naples, Florida.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home, 613 Washington St. Michigan City, Indiana. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 1005 Moore Rd, Michigan City, Indiana. Burial will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019, in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Indiana, at 10 a.m.

Ed was born in Kokomo, Indiana, on April 7, 1940, to Clarence and Mary Raab. He was the oldest of five siblings (Sara, Betty Ann, Emily and John).

In 1962 he married Sharon (Chelf) whom he had met in the Indiana University Sailing Club. Ed and Sharon grew together in marriage and friendship for nearly 60 years; their children, grandchildren, families and friends were Ed’s most cherished source of pride and joy.

Ed earned bachelor’s (1962) and master’s (1963) degrees from Indiana University. He worked for several decades as a certified public accountant and certified financial planner at Crowe Chizek and Company (presently Crowe), first out of the South Bend and Elkhart offices, and then for the majority of his career as managing partner of the Michigan City and Merrillville offices.

Ed was a business and community leader. Over the years, he served as a board member of the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of several organizations such as the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the Salvation Army, and the Unity Foundation. In retirement, he became co-owner of Ideal Metal works. He and Sharon were members of Notre Dame Parish.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mary; and his sister Sara. He is survived by his sisters Betty Ann Durst (Carl) and Emily Judge; his brother John (Peggy); his wife Sharon and their children Tom, Joe (Jane), Andrea McDonnell (Paul), and Fr. Christian (formerly Dan); and his grandchildren, Chase, Kate, Coady, Erin, Charlie, Thomas, Maggie, and Anne Marie.

In honor of Ed’s memory, we encourage contributions to one of his favorite charities such as Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 100 Hill Dr. St. Meinrad, IN 47577 (; Dunebrook Inc. Social Services Organization 7451 W Johnson Rd. Michigan City, IN 46360 (; Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, 422 Franklin St. Suite C Michigan City, IN 46360 (UFLC.Net); and Salvation Army Michigan City Corps and Community Center 1201 Franklin St. 46360 ( and Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St. #100 Michigan City, IN 46360 (219) 874-4900.

To leave condolences or sign guestbook, please visit 219-874-4214.