Mar. 21, 1938 – Nov. 7, 2019
John Preston Raeder, Sr. was a devoted family man to wife Elinor “Ellie” for 57 years and sons John, Jr., Jim, and Dave. He built and ran a successful local furniture manufacturing business. Born in Harvard, IL, John put himself through college at the University of Denver, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After getting his degree in business administration, John was drafted and served dutifully in the United States Army. He and his beloved Ellie raised three sons, to whom he passed his strong work ethic, business intellect, and leadership skills. He also leaves behind 11 loving grandchildren.
John and Ellie lived in Greenwood Village for 40 years, first in Green Oaks, where their boys grew up, and then in The Preserve. Their company, Premier Furniture Manufacturing, and its workforce, were based in Englewood. They started the company in 1980 and retired in 2011. Their children are also stalwarts of the local community. John, Jr. and Debbie Raeder lived in Greenwood Village for 20 years and now reside in Cherry Hills Village. Dave and Julie Raeder have lived in Greenwood Village for over 20 years and Jim and Kim Raeder live in Lone Tree.
John Raeder, Jr. eulogized his father in a private family memorial before the family hosted 200 friends who came to pay their respects at Cherry Hills Country Club on November 17. Said John, Jr., “My dad showed his deep love to all of us over the years by sending hundred of thoughtful handwritten notes, relevant news stories, and small loving and customized gifts. He was prone to deep inspirational messages from Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Vince Lombardi. A favorite of his was this one from Billy Graham: “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when integrity is lost, all is lost.”
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