In memory of
Everett Joe Raabe
Joe was born 3/28/1936 in Van Wert, OH to Everett Julius and Grace Runyon Raabe and passed away 5/29/2020 in Cleveland, OH.
He is survived by his soulmate and wife of 42 years, Gail, loving daughters Marian (Richard) Kenney and Joann (Timothy) Riordan, and beloved grandchildren Emily & Molly Kenney and Charlie Begy. He is also survived by his loving sister Nancy (Don) Farmer of Van Wert and their children.
A 1956 graduate of The Ohio State University with an insurance major, Joe worked for Central Mutual Insurance Company, in Van Wert and Dallas, TX, before moving to Cleveland to become a partner in Dawson Insurance Cos. He obtained the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter designation and taught the economics section of the CPCU curriculum for many years. After retiring as an agent, Joe founded Recruiting Professionals specializing in insurance.
Joe continued a family tradition of community service as a Lakewood Jaycee, a fundraiser for construction of the Beck Center for the Arts, president of both the Insurance Board of Cleveland and the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club and as a trustee of the Albert Rees Davis Endowment Fund affiliated with The Singers' Club of Cleveland. Joe's greatest love, after family, was music and he played trombone with the OSU ROTC band (since slide trombones weren't permitted in the coveted marching band), the Lakewood Rotary's ZaurKrauts band (in authentic lederhosen), as well as The Hermit Club orchestra. He also sang bass with the distinguished gentlemen of The Singers' Club for the past twenty years. His family is extremely grateful to Cleveland Clinic's ICU and hospice staff for their compassionate care during this difficult period.
A Memorial Service to be planned for early fall will be announced on our website.
Memorials may be forwarded to the Singers' Club Second Century Fund at The Cleveland Foundation (clevelandfoundation.org,) the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary exchange student program...or just be kind and take a friend to lunch.
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