YOUNGSTOWN - Jack Thurman Raver, 89, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born May 29, 1925, in Youngstown, the son of Lewis and Josephine Raver.
He was part of the family business, Raver's Restaurant, from 1946 until 1961. He was employed by the Youngstown Board of Education followed by the Warren City Board of Education as Food Service Program Supervisor, from which he retired June 1984.
Jack served proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1965. He served in the Atlantic on anti-submarine patrol. He was also stationed in the Pacific at Port Hueneme, San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Iwo Jima and Japan in World War II.
He was recalled during the Korean War and was stationed in the Philippines as part of the Formosa Straits patrol and aircraft recovery unit. He retired after 22 years of service as lieutenant commander.
Jack was a member of Lockwood United Methodist Church in Youngstown.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Jarvis Raver, whom he married Aug. 28, 1948; his daughter, Linda (Alan) Doll of North Carolina; his son, Jack (Cristine) Raver of Boardman; his son, David (Laurie) Raver of Dunedin, Fla.; his daughter, Nancy (Ken) Coco of Treasure Island, Fla.; two grandsons, Jason (Lisa) Doll of Struthers and Craig (Denise) Doll of North Carolina; and two great-grandsons, Alan C. Doll and Ian R. Doll. Jack also leaves behind a brother, Don Raver of Sarasota, Fla., and his family.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Lockwood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the church.