JOHN H. (JACK) CRAVENS

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JOHN H. (JACK) CRAVENS Hillcrest Bruce Lee Jack Cravens was born on May 6, 1923 and passed away on May 6, 2017, at the age of 94. He was born in Koblenz, Germany, where his father, an American soldier and aide to General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing in occupied Germany, was stationed. His mother was a German citizen. When Jack was six weeks old, their family relocated from Germany to Terre Haute, Indiana, where Jack grew up. Having lettered in football, track and swimming, he graduated from Wiley High School in 1941. He worked for a time for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a locomotive fireman until joining the US Army in 1944. During his military service Jack became a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. He proudly served in WWII, flying a B24 Liberator in the 31st Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group, 13th Air Force. He flew 47 missions in the New Guinea and Philippine theater. Jack was decorated six times and earned eleven battle stars. While in the military, Jack married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Betty Jean Roller. Betty followed him throughout his many training stations as he prepared to become a pilot. In 1946, they relocated to Pasco, Washington, where they raised their family. In the 1950's Jack served as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He worked several years in the auto sales industry before joining the Boise Cascade Corporation in 1960. There he remained until his retirement as a purchasing agent. Jack enjoyed gardening, playing softball and golf and watching a wide variety of sports throughout his lifetime. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Catherine Cravens, wife Betty, and sister Pauline (Schatzie) Smith. He is survived by his sister Mary Jo Schaefers, son Mike (Chris) Cravens, daughter Kathy (Joe) Terpenning, daughter Anne (Thomas) Williams, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Careing Hands Adult Family Home and the Chaplaincy Hospice Care for their kindness and care. A private burial service will be held at Jack's request. For online condolences please visit www.HillcrestBruceLee.com
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Hillcrest Bruce Lee Memorial Center
2804 W Lewis St
Pasco, WA 99301
(509) 547-3321
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 10, 2017