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Ohio horseman Tony Raber dies at 89

June 13, 2019

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Tony L. Raber, 89, of Strasburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 11, in the New Dawn Retirement Center.

Born March 10, 1930 in Stone Creek, he was a son of the late Jesse and Pearl Mizer Raber. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Cy and Dennis; and three sisters, Helen Stephen, Okie and Sally Hiles.

Mr. Raber was a retired Brick Mason, having worked for many different contractors throughout the area, and was a member of the Brick Layers Union. But his greatest passion was his horses; for many years he bought, trained and drove his horses at harness racing tracks all over the state of Ohio. They were the children he never had.

He was a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the United States Trotting Association.

In his spare time, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing, playing the slot machines in Wheeling and following all of the Strasburg Tiger sporting events. He also proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Norma Jean Weber Raber, whom he married Nov. 15, 1952; brother and sister-in-law, Don (Linda) Weber; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory in Dover on Thursday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Dover funeral home with Rev. Brian Flood officiating. Immediately following the service, a funeral luncheon will be held in the Toland-Herzig Famous Endings Café. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. in the Grandview Union Cemetery at Strasburg. Those wishing to express their fondest memories of Tony may do so by visiting the online obituaries link on the funeral home’s website.

Memorial contributions may be made to Strasburg Softball, c/o the Strasburg Booster Club, 140 North Bodmer Ave., Strasburg, Ohio 44680 or to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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