George L Raven, 85, of 169 Miller Street, Sherman, N.Y., passed away 4:20 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Corry Manor Nursing Home, Corry, Pa.
He was born on Nov. 3, 1926 in Sherman, the son of the late Frederick and Florence (Dean) Raven.
In early 1944, George enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was in the invasion of Guam and Okinawa and served with the China Regiment for two years. Rounding up all the invading forces from Japan, after the wars end. In 1948 he married the love of his life Margaret L. Field, they enjoyed over 48 years together, raising their boys Howard and Charlie, remodeling their home. George worked for H. M. Tallman and Son for a number of years as a carpenter, then for Raven and TenHagen and Raven Builders. He loved working with his hands. George finished his career working at Sherman Central School as building and grounds keeper, for 17 years and loved the teachers and students and they were part of his extended family. The senior class and fellow students honored his final year dedicating the yearbook to him. He was known as Uncle George to everyone. In 1944 he was asked to join the Sherman Fire Department, he was a Charter member of the Stanley Hose Company, he was a member for 68 years, where he served as president for two years and treasurer for 46 years. In the fire company he was also known as Uncle George. In 1984 he was named Fireman of the Year. Three years ago he was honored by Stanley Hose for serving over six decades and a Scholarship was created in his name and is given to a graduating senior each year. He was also honored as Co Grand Marshalls of the annual Sherman Day Parade, with his pal Ed Sprickman, as they were the longest serving active members, of Stanley Hose Co. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts serving in various position, while his boys were members of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and with the Allegany Council. He is a life member of the American Legion Post No. 0493, and the VFW Chautauqua Lake Memorial Post 8647, in Mayville, N.Y. He enjoyed visiting the members while having a cold beer. He was also a member of the Sherman Community Church where he was a faithful member. He enjoyed plowing his own driveway and his neighbor's driveways with his faithful tractor Allis for over 50 years. After his beloved wife passed away, he enjoyed walking up Miller Road to Titus Road with his dog Kastaway " Kasty" collecting stones and woodchucks. He loved the outdoors, gardening, hunting and traveling having visited every state of the U.S. George lived in Chautauqua County all his life and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
George L. Raven
George is survived by his sons, Howard (Becky) Raven, Sherman, N.Y., and Charles Raven, Gainesville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jason (Soraya) Raven, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Jeremiah Raven, Sherman, N.Y., Robert (Annie) Tabor and Beth (John ) Kaminski, both of Norfolk Va., and Heather (Buddy Jr.) Roper Cleveland, Ga.;13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by an AFS student they hosted from 1967 to 1968, Mustafa (Wife; Gigden) Unsal of Istanbul, Turkey and their son Onur.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret L. Raven, Oct. 6, 1995, married Aug. 14, 1948; brothers Walter Raven and James D. Raven Sr.; sisters Sarah Harvey and Florence Eades; and half brothers Frederick Raven.
The family received friends at Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman, N.Y., on Wednesday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, Thursday.
Funeral services will held at 11 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Roger Westley, pastor of the Sherman Community Church officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Stanley Hose Co. PO Box 574, Sherman, N.Y. Community Church of Sherman, N.Y.