An active lay member of many churches

Published in the August 23, 2018 edition

WELLS, Maine — Robert W. Rasche, 83, of Wells, passed away on August 15, 2018 at his family home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born on January 7, 1935 in Longmont, Colo., the son of Robert L. and Mary Margaret (Burnap) Rasche. He lived his early years throughout the upper Midwest before attending high school in Beverly, Mass. where he graduated at the top of his class.

Bob went on to receive a B.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. During his long career, Bob worked at Lincoln Laboratories, MIT, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and the University of Arizona where he managed a NASA project in support of the Hubble Space Telescope. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and received his honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 1967.

Bob was an active lay member of the church community in every town in which he lived, including North Reading, Mass., Tucson, Ariz., and Wells. He was a strong believer in the importance of church and family, and strove during his life to do good for his family, his community and his country. He was an avid photographer and traveler throughout his life, and loved maps, languages, history, good books and music of all sorts.

Bob married his wife and loving partner of over 50 years, Margaret E. (Hillers) Rasche on August 30, 1958, who predeceased him on March 14, 2012. Bob is survived by their four children: Robert C. Rasche, Stephen M. Rasche, Robin E. Barnard, and Kathryn A. Andrews, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A celebration of life with Military Honors will be held on Thursday, August 23, at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Wells, Maine, with interment to follow at Ocean View Cemetery, Wells. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in his name to the Congregational Church of Wells, PO Box 759, Wells, ME 04090.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Bob’s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in the care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road Wells, ME 04090.