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Robert Raisor dies at 85

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Dr. Robert B. Raisor of Michigan City passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 at 12:25 p.m. in St. Anthony Memorial, Michigan City. He was 85.

He was born June 8, 1925 in Muncie to the late Bernard and Eula (Knox) Raisor. He is survived by daughters Beth Janes (husband Don) of Chesterton, Susan Benton (Patrick) of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Carol Raisor of Michigan City; grandsons Matthew Janes of the United States Coast Guard, Steven Janes of Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Mich., twins Alex and Peter Benton, both of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo; sister Jane Williams (Richard); and nieces Sally (Steve) Porter and Linda (Tim) Przybysz all of Richmond, Ind.

He was preceded in death by special aunt, Lela Knox

During WWII, as a member of the United States Army, he fought in the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, earning two battle stars, and he served in the Army of Occupation in Tokyo, Japan. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, where he graduated in 1948. On August 22, 1948 in Muncie, he married Edwina Bath, who preceded him on April 7, 2009. They both began their teaching careers at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Childrens Home. In 1955, he earned his Masters of Science and was appointed principal of Roann High School in Roann, Ind. In 1957, he was appointed principal of Elston Junior High School in Michigan City. In 1961, he was appointed as the first principal of Barker Junior High School. In 1963, he returned to Indiana University to complete work on his doctorate. In 1965, he was appointed assistant superintendent of secondary schools in the Michigan City Area Schools. In 1975, he was appointed principal of Pine School. In 1984, he returned to the classroom as a teacher at Elston Sr. High School until his retirement in 1985. In the 1960s, he taught classes in People in Politics, a program to encourage citizens to take a more active role in politics. He was a past board member and president of the Michigan City Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and was rewarded with the District 6540 Kissinger Award in 1995. He served on the board of the Pottawattomie Boy Scouts and was board member and treasurer of the United Fund (now United Way). He also served on the Sinai Sunday Evening speakers bureau and was a life member of the VFW Post 2536.

Per his request, there will be no visitation hours or services. Cremation will take place. Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 601 West Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545 or to the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005.



Posted 9/16/2010