John Rayburn Given (1931 - 2018)

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BELMONT – John Rayburn Given, 86, of First Street died on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at his home.

John was born on Nov. 29, 1931, in Baltimore, the son of  the late John and Marie (Shields) Given.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1954. 

John was a machinist for 35 years for the Raytheon Company in W. Andover, Mass. 

John was an avid football fan, especially of his beloved Baltimore Ravens. He was extremely active in Pop Warner Youth Football for many years.  John enjoyed watching Orioles baseball. He also enjoyed saltwater sport fishing, and chased striped bass in Maryland and Massachusetts. He was a dedicated family man, a loving husband and a supportive father. 

John is survived by his wife, Helen D. (Pickering) Given, of Belmont; three sons, Thomas Given and his wife, Doreen, Robert Given and his wife, Karen and Kenneth Given; a daughter, Donna Werda and her husband, Peter; a daughter-in-law, Johanne Given; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Weatherbee and her husband, Nicholas, Christine Norian and her husband, Joseph, David Werda, and his wife, Kathryn, Ashley Raspuzzi and her husband, Dawson, Sean Given and his partner Kelsey Goodridge, Daniel Given and Joshua Given; nine great-grandchildren, Lyla Norian, Andrew "AJ" Norian, Calen Werda, Maxwell Werda, Nash Weatherbee, Addison Raspuzzi and Colby Raspuzzi and several nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents he is predeceased by a sister, Jean M. Zawitoski. 

There will be no calling hours.

A funeral service with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made in memory of John to the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 2, 2018
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