John W. Raber

Birth Date: 
Sunday, May 27, 1934
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, May 4, 2019

John William Raber passed away peacefully into the arms of his beloved granddaughter Lydia
on May 4,2019 at Lifecare Hospice in Wooster. John was born on May 27,1934 and was
raised by his grandparents William A. Raber and Lydia Sarah Raber in Blacksville, West
Virginia. Upon coming to live with his grandparents in Blacksville, he then had a happy
childhood in the small West Virginia hamlet nestled between the mountains. He was a 1953
graduate of Clay Battelle High School. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the
United States Army and proudly served his country in Korea from 1954 to 1955. While in the
army, he was the lead singer in a quartet known as Taro Tunes that performed in USO shows
throughout Korea and in Japan. After returning to the States, he married the love of his life Betty Grace Lee on June 16, 1956 and the two celebrated 62 years of marriage last June.

John graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in 1959 and later a Master's Degree in Education in 1962. He always enjoyed pointing out that he went to college with basketball great Jerry West. He began his teaching career at Riverside Junior High School in Morgantown, West Virginia and taught English at Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio where helater served as assistant principal and then principal.

John was a person of myriad interests and talents. He played football and basketball; was a Thespian; sang as a soloist and with a quartet; was involved in summer theater; umpired baseball games; was a member of the speech and debate team at WVU; was past president of King Solomon's Lodge in Elyria and a member of Ebenezer Lodge in Wooster; was a past president of the Elyria Kiwanis Club; was a fan of Ohio Light Opera; loved watching baseball; and was a stickler for good punctuation and grammar. He could recite and quote passages from Shakespeare and loved watching British comedies. He was a member of Wooster UnitedMethodist Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife Betty, his daughter Monica Miyashita and son in law, Mark, of Orrville; and his two beloved grandchildren, Max and Sarah-Grace Miyashita, also of Orrville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and custodians, William and Lydia Sarah Raber; brother Ab Raber; sister Sarah Lee Raber; .brother in laws Robert Lee and Richard Lee;special aunt and uncle Mary and Carlton McKinney and by beloved granddaughter Lydia Li-mei Eiko Miyashita who died at age 5 in 2009 from leukemia.

       Friends will be received at the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster 1 hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. service on Friday, May 10, 2019 with the Rev. Dr. David Wilcox officiating.  A Masonic Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at the Church.  Burial will be at 2:30 pm in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville.

       McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

       In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron  Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Jude Children's                 Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

       Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

 

 

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Jude Children’s        Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Visitation: 

Friday, May 10, 2019 from 10-11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster.

Service: 

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church

Condolences

Betty,
Words seem inadequate to express our sadness upon hearing of John's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We pray that the love of those around you helps you through the days ahead and that you may take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you now.

John was such a wonderful man. Howard enjoyed working with him in the video ministry at Wesley UMC. He touched the lives of many. Prayers.

Our sincere condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

I am really going to miss John. I really enjoyed talking with him and listening to many of the experiences that he had during his time in Korea and teaching. He was a great guy. So Sad.

So sorry to hear of the passing of one of my former classmates. Always enjoyed our yearly reunions and to have the opportunity of visiting together. God bless you and may you feel His strength and peace at this time.

Mrs, Raber I was very sorry to learn of Mr. Raber's death. He was always good to me and I appreciated him giving me my first secretarial job.

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