DEWITTVILLE William Ward Raynor Sr., 68, died on Monday (November 18, 2013) in his home, surrounded by his family after a three-year battle with cancer.
He was born on April 6, 1945 in Westfield to Ward and the late Henrietta Raynor.
He attended Mayville Central School, class of 1964 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Raynor was a heavy equipment operator in the oil fields. He also enjoyed over-the-road trucking for many years. He had been employed by Better Baked Foods, DeCeilio Trucking and Presque Isle Trucking, before retiring from Roberts Trucking of North East, Pa.
Mr. Raynor enjoyed working on his farm, fishing with the grandkids, hunting, and most of all spending time with his family. An avid Bills fan, he was a great husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen; two sons, Ward (Shannon) of Dewittville, and John (Ashley) of Mayville; two daughters, Kristine Campbell and Lisa Weaver, both of Westfield; also a grandson, William Ward Raynor III whom he raised. Grandchildren, Alexander and Jared Raynor, Amanda and Sara Campbell, Lillian and Hannah Raynor, Elizabeth Weaver, Michael, Jessica, Tabitha, Alberta, Taylin, and Wyatt Raynor. In addition to his father, he is survived by siblings Judy Thies, Linda (Jim) Wray, Dawn Raynor, Diane Schultz, Donna (Dennis) Dixon, Suzanne (Norm) Conway, Robin (Tracy) Raynor, Gene Raynor and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Walter; his mother Henrietta; a nephew, Ricky Stow; and his sons, William Jr. and James.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Freay Funeral Home, Mayville.
A community remembrance gathering will be held at the Hartfield Fire Hall on Sunday (Nov. 24) at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst, NY 14228.
You can leave a remembrance to the family by going to www.freayfuneralhome.com.