June 16, 1924 - January 31, 2014
John Raptosh, 89, passed quietly at the home he had built in Nampa on January 31, 2014. Born into America's Greatest Generation, John was a first generation American, born June 16, 1924, to John and Anna Raptosh who had immigrated from Eastern Europe.
Alsip Funeral Chapel in Nampa is handling the arrangements. A later private family graveside service is planned.
A native resident of Michigan, John found himself pulling his car over at the corner of 9 Mile and Woodward on a rainy day in 1946. There he offered a ride to Peggy Jean, who was to become the love of his life. Their marriage lasted more than 53 years until Peggy's death in 2001.
True to their generation, John and Peggy were faithful, thrifty, hard working, patriotic Americans who loved family above all. John served in the Army
Air Corps in World War II
. Later in Michigan, he became a master plumber. He managed many large commercial projects in greater Detroit area. They also built their home in Livonia, from the ground up. Then the call came that changed everything.
John's brother Bob had an idea to leave everything and moved to Nampa, Idaho to start an RV furniture manufacturing business. Restline Products was born in 1964. That January, John packed his old Chevy station wagon and pulling an overloaded wooden open trailer filled with all his equipment, John Raptosh moved to Nampa in the dead of a hard winter. The trip included an emergency stay in a farmer's unheated attic in a blizzard in Iowa. Peggy moved the family and John's Mother by herself later that March.
John retired in 1987. True to his roots, John never knew spare time. He was a self taught master wood carver. Though he carved everything from miniatures to ship's figureheads, his specialty was award winning, full-sized carousel horses. John was a pioneer in local organic gardening long before it became cool. They enjoyed RV trips and tangueray and tonics with Jim and Ann. The family never remembered calling a repair man, Dad could fix anything. John was a renaissance man who shied away from nothing. He played the banjo, smoked his own meats, built home-made kites, crystal radios, and loved trying new recipes.
Through it all it was still family at the core. He taught his children and grandchildren that his word was his bond. Work ethic was the family's trademark. There was also fun to be had. John built a swimming pool, supposedly for Peggy, even though she couldn't swim. We all knew it was for the family, after all had grown and had families of their own.
John was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna Raptosh, an infant son, his brother Robert, and loving wife Peggy.
He is survived by: his daughter Jill and son in law John Mather, son Randy Raptosh and daughter in law Robin, and daughter Terri and son in law Allan Cain. His grand children include: Kelly Beltz (JD Childs), Cassie Jantz (Dave), John Raptosh (Gentry), Dr. Zach Raptosh, Jacob Raptosh, Laura Lynch (Jeremy), Sam Svaty (Natalie), and Colin Cain. Great grandchildren: Tanner Beltz-Childs; Makenzie, Madelin, and Olivia Raptosh; Noah and Grady Daniels; Colton, Dinah and Caden Jantz; Jack and Kennedy Lynch; Ella, Kate, Sam, and Cora Svaty.
A special thanks to his care givers Dawn, Theresa, and Ann as well as Terri from Hearts for Hospice.
To Jim and Ann Binns from John and Peggy, thank you for years of wonderful friendship and memories.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Make a Wish of Idaho, 4355 W. Emerald Street, Ste. 280, Boise, Idaho 83706.