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James Raby

James Raby

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James Stanley Raby born October 14, 1929 and passed away July 10, 2017. Loving husband of Nita Raby for 61 years, father to Carol (Dennis) Dodel and Jane (James) Groebl, grandfather of Sean (Brandy), Amanda (Francisco), Erin, Laura (Josh), and Jimmy (Becky), great-grandfather of Elise, Justin, Dean, Amelia, and Oliver, and a friend to many.

Jim was a veteran of the army and served during the Korean Conflict. After that he worked for the Defense Mapping Agency for 30 years. He was a member of the Webster Groves Garden Club. He and his wife Nita volunteered at the St. Louis Zoo. He was also an Elder, Deacon, and Santa’s Elf at the Affton Presbyterian Church. He loved to travel and take the family to Disney World. He always had a corny joke to tell. He loved everything dogs, cats, birds, hippos, gardening, nature, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was gentle and loving and always ready for the next meal.

There will be a visitation on Saturday July 15th from 9:00-11:00 with a service starting at 11:00 in the chapel of St. Louis Cremation, 2135 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103.

Donations to the St. Louis Zoo or Affton Presbyterian Church in his memory are appreciated.


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  1. Keith Dodel says:

    Jim was a great example of a man who thinks of all others before himself. Jim & Nita personified what volunteering is about. I know of no one who was as happy, caring and loving as he was. You can see this in his children. All great people in their own right. My thoughts & prayers go out to you all.

  2. Judy Glazer says:

    Jim, thank you for being you. It was always my pleasure to make your coffee on Tuesday morning. Even though I always told your wonderful Nita that you were my boyfriend it was wonderful to watch how much you loved her and your
    God bless you and our prayers are with Nita and the rest of your family.

  3. Lisa Oellermann says:

    Great memories of Mr. Raby. I can still hear his nice voice. Prayers to all of you.

  4. Doug Mankell says:

    When I served as pastor at Affton Presbyterian Church, it was always a joy to be around Jim. His sense of humor was always apparent and his optimism made all situations more bearable. He touched many lives, including mine.