Jerold D. "Jerry" Raber

Dec 5, 2018
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10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Cedar Falls


4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018 with a vigil prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo


3:15 p.m. burial at Bowman's Grove Cemetery in Harlan, IA.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the church or Episcopal Relief.


Jerold D. "Jerry" Raber, 75, of Waterloo, died at his residence on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.


Jerry was born on January 17, 1943 in Fresno, California, the son of Donald A. and Margaret L. Pexton Raber. He graduated from Lu Verne High School in 1960, attended Drake University, and later attended Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio.


Jerry lived and worked in Cleveland for 39 years. Retiring in 2006, he moved back to Waterloo where he owned and operated JEROB, Inc. which specialized in shampoo for show dogs and cats. 


Jerry is survived by two sisters, Janice (Mark) Boeding of Columbus, NE, and Judy (Steve) Konecne of Humboldt; and several nieces and nephews: Melissa Dalton, Ben and Maggie Konecne; Luke, Angie, and Tony Boeding; Anna (Clint) Ehrenberg; and Mary, Monica, Matthew, and Michael Boeding.


He is preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Jane Lowery and Joyce Raber in infancy.


Jerry had a love for the fine arts such as show tunes and classical music. He was a set designer, builder, and craftsman for the Lakewood Playhouse. He loved a good discussion and a good book, and had a heart for the poor and had a true servant’s heart.


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  1. Kristie Thompson | Dec 08, 2018

    Jan and Judy, so sad to hear about Jerry.  I am the youngest daughter of Carl Thompson and Jerry was so great in that last 5 years in telling me all about the family history and memories of my dad was he was young.  I will miss him greatly !  My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  2. Wanda Mayfield | Dec 08, 2018
    Jan and Judy, I was so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.  Jerry and I hit it off from the start and I was very happy to get to know him over the years at the family reunions in Iowa.  I always looked forward to visiting with him.  I am very glad to have the very recent picture he sent me from your aunt’s 100th birthday party.  My thoughts are with you and the rest of the family at this time of loss.

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