Listowel Banner Obituraries November 26, 2014
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Listowel Banner Obituraries November 26, 2014

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Jim Holborn

Mr. James David Holborn, of Waterloo and formerly of Listowel, passed away suddenly at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the age of 30.

Much loved son of Linda Holborn and Barry Sage, and grandson of Marilyn Melnyk, all of Listowel. Adored brother of Lisa Holborn and Jeff Askett of Elmira, and stepbrother of Tyler and Lisa Sage of Barrie, and Robyn Sage and Mario DeCicco of Aurora. Uncle of Tyson and Brooklyn.

Nephew of Diana Henry, and Wayne and Joyce Melnyk, all of Litowel, Carol and Danny Hall of Manitoba, Bonnie and Don Spence of Atwood, and Brian and Judy Sage of Listowel. Remembered by his dear friend Amber Laidlaw, and many cousins.

Jim was predeceased by his grandfather Steve Melnyk, Grandma and Grandpa Sage, and by his uncle Rick Henry.

Visitation was held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Monday, Nov. 24 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service was held at Trinity United Church, Listowel on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. with Brian Hymers officiating.

Online condolences at

Robert Raycraft

Robert Fredrick James Raycraft, 77, of Red Deer, Alberta died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 with his family at his bedside.

He was born June 11, 1937 to the late Laura and Edward Raycraft, in (Elma Township) Monkton. Bob was the fourth child and eldest boy of 16 children.

Bob was raised on a farm near Monkton, Ontario. He often commented on his love for farming and thought perhaps this is where he would have ended up if circumstances were different. Bob moved to Alberta in 1957 to work. He was employed with Farm Electric (later Calgary Power and then TransAlta Utilities), working his way to a lineman and later becoming the foreman of his crew.

In 1980, he purchased a backhoe and started his own company. He referred to himself as the “dirt surgeon” and was given the moniker “Digger”. He worked most of his life, retiring at 75 years of age.

The past few years he spent summers around Red Deer and winters at the Big Bend Resort near Parker, California where the climate was more comforting to his bones, enjoying his many friends. Bob made several trips home to Ontario where he would relish visiting his sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews.

Bob truly enjoyed his life. His favourite times were being surrounded by his family and friends, having a smoke and a beer, camping, fishing, playing card games, pool and swapping stories.

Bob will be missed by his three children Debra (Randy) Rehn, Kathy (Kevin) Hildebrand and Robert Raycraft (Tammy) Tyler, Sarah and Evan; his grandchildren Kurt and Karys Hildebrand;

By his sisters and brothers Ruth, Eldeen (Harvey), Shirley, Margie (Ron), Mary, Barb (Cam), Edna (Don), Sharon (Keith), Donna (Steve), George (Sandy), Harold (June), Sheldon (Deb), and Elwood (Olive); brother-in-law Sid Larsen (Jenny); sister-in-law Joyce Raycraft; and his many nieces and nephews.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Margaret; brothers Eldon and Jack; brothers-in-law Wayne Larsen, Jack Ward, John Van Stavern and Sam Wagner; and sisters-in-law Nancy Raycraft, Pat Raycraft and Helen Raycraft.

The family invites those who wish to remember Bob to a memorial celebration of his life at East 40 (3811-40th Ave, Red Deer, Alberta) on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 12-3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southwood Hospice Calgary, 211 Heritage Dr. SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1M9.?Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Eden Brook Funeral Home and Reception Centre, Calgary, Alberta.

June Savage

Mrs. June Florence (Marlor) Savage passed away suddenly, at her home in Listowel, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at the age of 65.

Beloved wife of the late Michael Savage. Mother of John and Cindy Savage, and Robert Savage, all of Kitchener. Also survived by six grandchildren, three sisters, and two brothers.

Private family arrangements have been entrusted to the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

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Almeda Martin

Almeda Martin (nee Weber) passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at the age of 73 years.

Survived by her husband Leonard Martin, whom she married on March 14, 1974; son Floyd, stepdaughter Marlene and Cleason Bowman, two grandsons, and a great-grandson.

Also survived by two brothers, Edwin and Lydia Weber and Henry and Mary Weber; three sisters, Velina and Harvey Martin, Lucinda (Mrs. Lester) Brubacher, and Adeline and Angus Bauman; and sister-in-law Ada (Mrs. Elmer) Weber.

Predeceased by her first husband Elam Kraemer (January 1969), her parents Henry and Lydian Weber, two brothers Angus Weber and Elmer Weber, brother-in-law Lester Brubacher, and sister-in-law Reta (Mrs. Angus) Weber.

Friends called at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Monday, Nov. 24 from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the family home, 7859 Wellington Road 45, Glen Allan. A private family service will be held at the family home at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 then to Goshen Mennonite Meeting House for burial and further public service.

John Orr

John Orr, formerly of RR 1 Atwood, passed away surrounded by his family, at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Listowel on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at the age of 85.

Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Orr, who predeceased him in December 2013. Loving father of Sharon (Frazer) Diehl of Milverton, Karon (Brian) McIlroy of Gowanstown, and Keith (Nora) Orr of Fordwich.

Special grandpa of Charmaine (Larry) Kestle of Sebringville, Crystal (Kyle) Wagner of Milverton, Trevor (Karen) McIlroy of Kitchener, Tim McIlroy of Wellesley, McKinley and McLean Orr of Fordwich and step-grandpa of Jim (Michelle) McLean of Listowel.  Great-grandpa to Emma, Lacey, Kolton and Carter. Step great-grandpa to Zach, Jenna, Nicholas and Tyson.  Fondly remembered by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Isabelle and Harvey Willoughby of Stratford.

Predeceased by his parents Bill and Laura (Casemore) Orr and stepfather Cameron Inglis.

Relatives and friends were invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) on Sunday, Nov. 23 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate John’s life was held at Atwood Presbyterian Church on Monday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Andrew Thompson officiating. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Atwood Presbyterian Church, North Perth Community Hospice or a charity of one’s choice appreciated by the family.

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