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Elmer Frank Raver, 86, Oldenburg, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati. Born July 30, 1929, in Franklin County, he was the son of Eleanor (Harmeyer) and Walter Raver. He married Anna Mae Vogel April 15, 1967, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, North Vernon.
Elmer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and after the service came home to farm and also drove a school bus for 15 years for Batesville Community School Corp. Elmer was a longtime member of the Franklin County Farmers Mutual Co., serving as president for 20 years. He was also a longtime board member of Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Oldenburg; Rush-Shelby County REMC; Holy Family Catholic Church and Knights of St. John Commandery 220, Oldenburg; as well as a life member of both the Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271.
If you didn't know Elmer, it was only because he hadn't met you yet. He liked talking with people and would strike up a conversation with anyone he'd meet. He also loved to read. He would read the paper from front to back in addition to enjoying nonfiction.
According to his family, he had no use for tractors that weren't Farmalls or vehicles that weren't Chryslers. They also indicated he had a weakness for cherry pie and could entertain you with stories from his childhood and his time in the service. Elmer was also proud to support St. Labre Indian School in Montana and looked forward to the newsletters so he could keep up with their progress.
He is survived by his wife Anna Mae; daughters Diane Raver, Batesville, Elaine Spaulding, Indianapolis, Theresa (Andy) Williams, Greensburg, Monica (John) Livers, Oldenburg, and Mary (Steve) Mulcahy, Newburgh; sons Carl, Oldenburg, and Joseph (Julie), Batesville; sisters Mary Jane Klene, Indianapolis, and Charlene Reidenbach, Brookville; 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Thursday, April 14, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville VFW and Prell-Bland American Legion. The family requests memorials to Oldenburg Academy or the Margaret Mary Health Foundation.
Published on April 13, 2016
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