RAPER, Emmett James

RAPER, Emmett James, age 86, of Sardis, OH, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was a loving husband, father, pap-pap and pappy.

He was born November 1, 1926 in Fly, Ohio, a son of the late Ernest L. and Liddie B. Martin Raper.

He retired from Bayer Chemical in 1991 after 35 years of service as a superintendent of utilities. Emmett was a faithful member of the Sardis United Methodist Church, having served on various committees over the years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Mona Raper Linardi; two brothers, Fred M. and Ernest E. Raper; three sisters, Mabel Owens Dawson, Betty Raper, and Carrie Raper; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Williamson.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jones Raper, whom he married June 28, 1947; one son, Larry E. Raper; one daughter, Linda and her husband, Charles Schmidt, all of Sardis; a son-in-law, Robert Linardi of Baltimore, OH; a brother, Bernard M. Raper of Neon, KY; a brother-in-law, James Williamson of Paden City, WV; four grandchildren, Ryan (Lexie) Schmidt and Julie (Steve) Byers, both of Chesapeake, OH; Drew Linardi of Columbus, OH and Melanie Linardi of Wingate, NC; three great- grand children: Zander and Zoey Schmidt and Avery Byers; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Grisell Funeral Home 37234 Mound St. Sardis, Ohio, where services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in Sardis Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Sardis United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall P.O. Box 85 Sardis, OH 43946.

Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.