Philip “Phil” Raish

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Philip “Phil” G. Raish, 68, of Belleville, IL, born September 2, 1954, in Breese, IL, died Friday, January 20, 2023, at his residence.

Phil worked as a carpet installer with his dad for many years. He went back to college and earned his associates degree in computer-aided drafting and then worked for Monsanto/Abengoa up until retirement. He was an active member of St. Mary’s School in Belleville, IL, then became an active member of St. Augustine’s in Belleville. Phil was very committed to his Catholic faith. He was also a St. Mary’s School board member and involved with St. Mary’s Athletic Club. He enjoyed being a Khoury League manager for both his son’s baseball team for over ten years.

Phil was a warrior to his family. He suffered for many years and fought the good fight. Papa loved his grandchildren more than life. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. and Lucille B. “Dolly”, nee Sudholt, Raish; his brother, Gary Raish; and his father-in-law, Robert Cook.

Surviving are his loving wife of 47 years, Kathy M., nee Cook, Raish, whom he married on April 11, 1975;
two sons, Brian Raish (Kelly Beaston) and Brad (Amy) Raish;
four grandchildren, Alex, Allison, Tyler, and Karlee Raish;
four sisters, Kathleen (Joe) Harnar, Jolene (Doug) Ahn, Marlene (Mike) Pearson, and Camalene (Dr. Roy) Northcutt;
a sister-in-law, Pam Raish;
his mother-in-law, Joan Cook,
four sisters-in-law, Judy (Ken) Jung, Cindy Rehg, Joan Cook and Jennifer (Mike) Miles;
two brothers-in-law, Mike (Mary) Cook and Robert Cook;
and many nieces, nephews, cousin, and dear friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Church or to the Siteman Cancer Center.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2023, St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



18 Comments on Philip “Phil” Raish

Mary Blome said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2023 at 6:49 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Raish family. May you be comforted by all your fun and loving memories together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chet Breitwieser said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 10:06 AM

Kathleen and family, I am deeply sorry for the passing of Phil. I will be holding you and all of the Raish family close in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dede Hendricks said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 8:47 AM

Raish Girls sorry yo hear of Phil’s passing. Just know that he’s in a better place. Sending prayers and strength to you all today 🙏

  • IL
Gabriella H Wilson said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2023 at 5:49 AM

Kevin and I would like to express our deepest sympathies. We cannot take away the challenging times in life. We can only hope that you remember the good and funny experiences you had together. Rest in Peace Phil.

  • Champaign
  • IL
Stan, pam jensen said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 5:06 PM

Our sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Raish family.

  • Vancouver
  • Wa
Debbie Braun said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 12:24 PM

Kathy so sorry to heat of the passing of Phil. My condolences and prayers to you and all the Raish family.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Jim Renner said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2023 at 7:43 AM

Dear Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Phil was one of the best. I will never forget the time my brother, Shorty brought Philly duckhunting with us. Didnt shoot any ducks, but boy we had a blast. Phil even shot at some blackbirds. My thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 10:52 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss of Phil! He was my neighbor growing up! My deepest sympathy to his loving family! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr.

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Debbie & Bill Williamson said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 10:51 AM

Our deepest sympathy for All of Phil's family and friends. He was always the most pleasant and positive guy. He was a warrior in life and overcame a lot while always keeping his faith. He was fortunate to have the love and caring of family and friends. And likewise his family and friends were fortunate to have him in their lives. RIP Phil and we will remember you always. Love, Debbie & Bill

  • Collinsville,
  • IL
Jim & Terry Pennebaker said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 8:13 AM

May our Lord Bless & Comfort you & your family during this time of grief😥 Everyone's in our thoughts😇 and prayers🙏 Please accept our sincere condolences😕

  • Smithton
  • IL
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2023 at 2:04 AM

Dear Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Phil always had a smile on his face and showed his love for our Lord and his family. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🙏🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lori Babinski (Scandrett) said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 11:08 PM

Kathy,Brian and Brad, There simply aren’t words to describe my sadness and the loss so many feel for the passing of Phil! So much fun and great memories of younger days and our days spent at St Mary’s! He had to love watching the boys grow into men and have kids of their own!! And Kathy… you two together were a riot! I still think of you guys everytime I hear the oldie “Kathy’s Clown”!!! My prayers are with you all and know that I would come to the visitation but taking care of Michelle now. God Bless You!

  • OFallon
  • IL
Tori and Chris Brenner said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Kathy, I’m deeply saddened to hear about Phil. He fought for many years to be here longer. He was a very strong and kind man. We love you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Tori Coca-Brenner and Chris Brenner

  • Saint Peters
  • Missouri
Tom & Gerri Raab said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 7:22 PM

Kathy thinking of you and your family. Sending prayers to you. Phil was a great guy. Remembered him from St Marys Church and School.

  • Carlisle
  • PA
Karen & Gary Spears said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 5:15 PM

Our sincere condolences for the loss of your dear Phil. He will be greatly missed.

  • O Fallon
  • MO
Judy jung said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 4:58 PM

Kathy my heart just aches for all of you. He was a great guy. I love you so much

  • O fallon
  • Illinois
Pamela said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 1:44 PM

Our love and prayers to you Kathy & family - Pam & family

  • St.Louis
  • MO said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2023 at 1:32 PM

Dear Kathy, So sorry for your loss. Rick & I will be praying for you & your family, and ,of course, for Phil. May God bless you & comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Sherwood
  • AR

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