Joseph R. Raff III

COLUMBIA Joseph R. Raff, III, 57, died peacefully Friday, March 22, 2013, at Hospice and Community Care, Lancaster. Joe was the husband of Jo (Haddock) Raff. They were married July 29, 1995. Born in Columbia, he was the son of Joseph R., Jr. and Beverly K. (Brenner) Raff of Columbia. He was an apartment manager for Community Basics Incorporated, Lancaster. Previously he was employed as an apartment manager for Trinity House Apartments, Columbia. Joe was a member of the Columbia Fish and Game Association and a past member of the Conestoga Foundrymen's Association. He enjoyed hunting, scuba diving, fishing, skiing, traveling to the beach, reading, cooking on the grill, and gardening. Joe participated in several "Warrior Dashes". He was an avid collector and student of Japanese art and culture. In addition to his wife and parents, Joe is survived by his children, Joseph David, husband of Cristy Raff of Mountville, and Crystal Rae, wife of Richard Jensen of Wrightsville; his sister, Dianne K. Raff of Columbia; and his grandchildren, Aaron, Sophia, Isabella, and Liam. A funeral service for Joe will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, from the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., 519 Walnut St., Columbia, at 11 a.m. with with the Rev. David Norris officiating. There will be a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens. Please omit flowers. Contributions in Joe's memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125; or St. Paul's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 250, Red Lion, PA 17356.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Mar. 24, 2013