DEWITTVILLE - William Ward Raynor Sr., 68, died on Monday (Nov. 18, 2013) in his home, surrounded by his family, after a threeyear battle with cancer.
He was born 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.
He was a heavyequipment operator in the oil fields. He also enjoyed overtheroad trucking for many years. He had been employed by Better Baked Foods, DiCillio Trucking and Presque Isle Trucking, before retiring from Roberts Trucking of North East, Pa.
He enjoyed working on his farm, fishing with the grandkids, hunting, and most of all spending time with his family. He was 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 24 p.m. and 68 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 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.freayfuneral home. com.