Jack Raffensberger, Jr., 62, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial, due to complications from Mantel Cell and T cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Jack was born on Jan. 2, 1959, in Girard, Penn., the son of Jack, Sr. and Janet (Hayes) Raffensberger.
Preceding him in passing were his parents, Jack and Janet Raffensberger; his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Evelyn (Daggett) Raffensberger; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Thelma (Lawrence) Hayes; and an uncle, Jerry Raymond Raffensberger.
Jack graduated from Girard High School, Class of 1977. Following graduation, he worked for the Girard School District for 29 years and continued his hard work ethic with the Montgomery County School District until his diagnosis with lymphoma in June, 2020.
Survivors include his loving wife, Cristal Huff Raffensberger; Cristal’s children and Papa’s Jack’s grandchildren, Cristy (Keith) Keiper, grandchildren Zachary Huff and Kaylin Keiper of Dublin, Va., and Sabrina (Andy) Rutledge and grandson, Colton, of Narrows; Jack’s daughter, Alicia Raffensberger Tellers (Michael) and Papa Jack’s grandchildren, Anthony, Owen and Cecilia Tellers of Erie, Penn.
Jack is also survived by his six siblings, Debra (Thomas) Karwoski, Sue (Paul) Frey, Sandy, Karen and Sheri Raffensberger; and his brother, Jeffrey (Denise) Raffensberger. He is survived also by many nieces and nephews, as well as his uncle and aunt, Richard and Dottie Hayes of Albion, Penn.
Jack was mostly known for his quick wit and big heart to all those he was in contact with, especially the special needs students. He was one of the “Good Guys,” always positive and happy-go-lucky. He will forever be loved and cherished through the countless (funny) memories we have all made with him through the years.
The family would like to thank the staff and children at Auburn Elementary School for all of the love and support they provided “Mr. Jack.” In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Jack’s memory.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at 4 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Neal Turner officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until service time.
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.