Eddie J. Raskosky always helped others before he would help himself, his father, Phil Raskosky, said.
“He had a courageous laugh and smile, always,” he said.
Raskosky, 33 of Munster, liked animals especially his Rottweiler and best friend Scooby. He was also passionate about fitness, photography, cooking, refinishing antiques and gardening.
“This year he planted everything, all the garden and he maintained everything,” his father said. “He could cook anything with no recipes. It was all just trial and error.”
Raskosky worked as a personal trainer locally, in Arizona and in Florida. He also modeled for agencies in Miami and Chicago. Raskosky’s ad appearances included Hugo Boss and Abercrombie & Fitch. After an uninsured motorist hit him in a Highland parking lot, Raskosky appeared on "Judge Judy."
Majoring in broadcast communications, Raskosky participated in Purdue’s radio program. He also worked for Chicago Laborers Union Local 6.
“He has been working on houses with me since he could climb a ladder at 8 years old,” Phil Raskosky said.
Raskosky said he enjoyed watching his son play sports including baseball, soccer and swimming. Raskosky excelled in all of them.
“We watched him in triathlons in Florida,” his father said.
Phil Raskosky said he misses being around his son.
“We were very very close,” he said. “We used to do a lot together from watching sports on TV to kayaking and fishing to working on houses and bicycles, antiquing and rehabbing furniture.”
“He had a full life,” Phil Raskosky said. “He enjoyed it to the fullest. He did whatever he wanted to do when he wanted to do it.”