John Aiken Raveret
1934 - 2020
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John Aiken Raveret, 85, died June 13, 2020 at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA from complications relating to cellulitis.

Jack was born on October 5, 1934, and grew up in Skokie, IL. He graduated from Niles East High School in 1952 and from Northwestern University in 1957. Jack was a backstroker for both Niles East and Northwestern swim teams. At Northwestern, Jack was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He married fellow Northwestern alum, Maryanne Telfer, in 1958; and, together with Maryanne, raised his family and lived in the same house in Wilmette for more than 50 years.

An engineer, Jack spent most of his career at International Harvester, Dresser Industries, and Komatsu selling construction equipment to the U.S. government and military. One of his most notable contracts provided ground support equipment that pulled a 747 airplane with the Space Shuttle riding piggyback.

Jack was a well-known youth basketball coach in Wilmette, Glen Ellyn, and Evanston. He coached several championship teams, but he was known more for teaching boys how to become men. For example, he insisted that the boys "give a firm handshake and look the person in the eye." He doled out push-ups in practice and sometimes during games. He insisted that boys wear winter hats outside to avoid getting sick and knee pads on the court to go after loose balls. His players came to appreciate his dedication to and interest in them. Years later, some of his players would even voluntarily do push-ups when greeting him as a show of affection.

Jack was a great storyteller and a natural master of ceremonies for family gatherings and reunions. He was a driving force behind Niles East reunions over the years. He enjoyed barbequing ribs (with his own special sauce) and hamburgers for family and friends. On many summer nights in Wilmette, he could be found laughing, singing, and swapping stories on his back porch. He also loved playing racquetball, tennis, and "beach" bocci. He was known for his loud laugh, reuse of rubber bands, and championing of underdogs.

He is survived by his wife Maryanne of 61 years, children Jane Raveret of New Canaan, CT, and husband Bob Neuhaus; Tom Raveret of Glen Ellyn, IL, and his wife Carol Raveret; John Raveret of Wellesley, MA, and his wife Sara Raveret; Anne Obsitnik of Moraga, CA, and her husband Jim Obsitnik; and grandchildren Katherine Shores, Emily Shores, Adam Raveret, James Raveret, David Raveret, Callen Raveret, Lauren Raveret, Graham Raveret, Chase Obsitnik, Caroline Obsitnik,Tyler Neuhaus, Byron Neuhaus and Robin Neuhaus. He is also survived by his brother Robert Raveret of Sun Lakes, AZ and his wife Betty.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

A celebration of life will be planned for a later date when pandemic restrictions have loosened.

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Published in PL-North on Jun. 25, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
Maryanne, I am so sorry for your great loss! Jack had such a big-hearted, good-natured personality and I always looked forward to seeing him at the Greeley School benefits and other events. The two of you were a perfect couple! May it comfort you to remember that his wonderful spirit will live on in all who loved him.
Lynda Nash
June 29, 2020
Jack and his family were neighbors for my entire childhood. I have so many great memories of shooting baskets in the driveway with Jack. He always made me feel good about myself and encouraged me, which was so important as a kid. It always felt great to set off his boisterous, infectious laugh. I will sincerely miss Jack.
Jim Acri
June 25, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
June 23, 2020
Upon meeting Jack one always hoped to see him again. He livened any encounter with laughter. Maryann was equally special and her talents are memorable. Marty and I have lost a wonderful friend. We send our condolencsesto all the family.

Joan Omalley
June 22, 2020
went through grade and high school with Jack and also went to Northwestern. I now live in Rossmoor and would like to contact Marianne at a later date. Sincerely, Janet Klopf Catlin
Janet Catlin
June 21, 2020
Worked with Jack for many years at IH, Dresser and Komatsu. Had many laughs and pleasant memories traveling with him to many government installations.
Ferd Wolter
June 20, 2020
He sure was a special man and I loved growing up with the Raveret family with Jack as the captain! Many wonderful memories always!
Julie Seweloh Evans
June 19, 2020
We met your Dad and Mom at your wedding
We were struck how outgoing and friendly he was and what a great laugh he had. We are sorry we never had the opportunity to share other times together.
Tom & Cookie Obsitnik
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