Reverend Dale G. Raatz

Jun 28, 1937 - Aug 15, 2023

86, of Iron River, MI, entered fully into the presence of our Lord on Tuesday August 15, 2023, after serving Him nearly all his adult life. Dale’s family, friends, and faith in the Lord sustained him through his battle with cancer. Dale was born on June 28, 1937, to the late Norman Ernest and Clara Amelia (Kohls) Raatz. He grew up in Cornell, WI, where he met Pearl Ella Klein. They married on October 13, 1962, and made their home on the Raatz family farm in Cornell. Pearl preceded Dale in death on September 28, 2012. Dale began his ministry in 1970 by serving as a pastor in the Grandview, Athelstane, Amberg, and Wausaukee areas in Wisconsin. He founded and built the Christian Fellowship Center in Wausaukee in 1988. In 1997, Dale and Pearl expanded their ministry work far beyond Wisconsin in the wake of Pearl’s miraculous recovery from an aneurysm. They established Final Word Ministries and preached the word of the Lord across the United States, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and the Philippines. They planted numerous churches, provided funding for an orphanage, and drilled wells to provide drinking water. They also wrote two books: The God of Now, about Pearl’s recovery, and Golden Nuggets, a collection of biblical thoughts. Later in life, Dale resided in Fremont, IA, before moving to Iron River to be closer to family. In the last years of his life, Dale actively ministered at the Mission Bible Training Center in Gaastra, Michigan. Pastor Dale was a great friend and encourager to many. He was solidly biblical and practical in his preaching and was a highly effective teacher of the scriptures.

Dale is survived by his son Timothy (Lisa Woods) Raatz, of Iron River, MI; his daughter Bernice (Mark) Stutz of Abrams, WI; grandchildren: Michael (Kristina) Raatz, Matthew Raatz, Raymond (Ashli Olson) Schroeder, Candice (Troy) Schoenung, Cherie (Josh) Kirkpatrick, and Joseph (Kaitlyn Tesch) Stutz; great-grandchildren: Tyler, Braeden, Lydia, Destiny, Lillianna, Ryan, Gracie, Arlo, Dontaye, Kasen, Keygan, Taelynn, Jasmine, Cardelia (Dilly), Nevaeh, and Ava; siblings: Lowell (Joyce) Raatz, Darlene Raatz, Carol (John) Grinder, and Linda Raatz; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Dale was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Schroeder Pieper; son-in-law, Victor Pieper; infant son, Mark John; and brother, Dennis Raatz.

Visitation will be held on Saturday August 19, 2023 at Christian Fellowship Center W8050 County Rd C, Wausaukee, WI from 10am until the time of his funeral at 12pm with Pastor Mike Kustic officiating. He will be buried next to Pearl at the Holcombe Cemetery in Holcombe, WI.

Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting his family with arrangements.


Saturday Aug 19, 2023, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church [map]

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Saturday Aug 19, 2023, 12:00 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church [map]

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Guestbook Entries

Deanna (Dee Dee) Legan

Dale was a wonderful friend and blessing. I did not know until today of his passing. May his family and others always be blessed from the prayers that Dale continually sent forth to Jesus for them. While he, too, conquered through the battles that this life brings forth, he always reminded, "There is victory in Jesus!"

Beth Jasiak

Dale was so uplifting to talk to! His love for Jesus and his knowledge of the Word was so beautiful. What an encouragement he was to me and so many others. Dale, you are missed.

Patty Betts

I have cabinet on my kitchen that he made

Michael DeWindt

A general in God's army with a faith based upon Jesus and the great and precious promises of God that has always inspired me to know who I am in Christ and tranformed my heart and life giving me victory over all powers of darkness. Me and my wife have known him for over 20 years and I was so encouraged when he didnt lose his faith when many preachers were when covid hit. He stopped by our house again last summer and we talked about the miraculous things he has seen including people being raised from the dead by the word of God. He was a true instrument in Gods hands and I am sure heaven is now blessed with his added presence because I always was everytime I saw him.

Annette DuPrey

What a wonderful man of faith. I am sorry for your loss, prayers for your family.

Jay & Sharie Merline

We always tried to attend Dale & Pearls services when we knew they were in the local area. We enjoyed their biblical teaching, their friendship, Godly example and the miracles that they got to see happen. They were pioneers of the faith and will never be forgotten. They were always so kind and loving to all. Our sympathy to his loving family.

Cheryl Engelman

On behalf of Glory to Glory Christian Center in Lakeville, MN, we extend our deepest sympathies to the family. What a great man of faith! His legacy lives on through the many lives he touched. We send our love to you. Pastors Dean and Cheryl Engelman

Pennie Bixler

Dale was like a father to me for many years, staying with Mike and I when he was in the area and enjoying visits and long phone conversations when we could, always there with words of encouragement and faith-inducing wisdom. He left a solid legacy and many great memories of true life and love.