Melvin ìMelî Raber, 82, of Hendersonville passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at Pardee Hospital following a two and a half years battle with cancer. Born November 29, 1930 in West Texas, he lived in Henderson County since 1993. He was a son of the late Lester and Nellie Raber, and was also preceded in death by an older brother, Alvin Lowell Raber; and infant daughter, Tracey Lynn Raber.
Mel graduated from Plainview, Texas High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He retired from Jersey Central Power and Light Company in Morristown, NJ. He attended Mud Creek Baptist Church regularly, and was a member of the Connecting Sunday School class. Mel loved golf and played for many years with the Par Seekers golf league. He also enjoyed Thursday breakfast with the CBMC men at Mills River Restaurant. His woodworking talent also kept him very busy.
The family would like to thank friends and family for their wonderful support during Melís illness. Special thanks to Pardee Hospital, the nursing staff, and the valet parking attendants for kindness and care that was outstanding. Most of all, our love and gratitude to the best doctor ever, Dr. Eric Byrd and his staff, Laura, Andrea, Karen and Tina for their loving care and concern over the past two and a half years.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Carol Pace Raber; a daughter, Lori Raber Uhler, and her husband Kerry; a son Paul Raber, and his wife Tonette; three grandchildren, Melanie, Melissa, and Austin; one sister, Nina Ruth Raber.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 am Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clearword Counseling Center at Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 Rutledge Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739, Ministry Seven, Inc., 639 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792, or the donorís favorite charity.