Ross R. Raffensperger

Ross R. Raffensperger

MOUNT WOLF – Ross R. Raffensperger, 90, of Mount Wolf, passed away 11:45 PM, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at York Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara (Stearns) Raffensperger whom he married 67 years ago on April 14, 1951.

Mr. Raffensperger was born March 19, 1928 in York Springs and was the son of the late Earl M. Raffensperger and Isobel (Gibbs) Raffensperger.

In 1946 he graduated from Carlisle High School in Carlisle and later in 1955 he graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. He also attended Dickenson College in Carlisle. He was a teacher for the Northeastern Junior High School for 28 years before retiring in 1986. He was a member of the PA Guild of Craftsman; Management Team for the Special Olympics; Treasurer of the Special Olympics Management Team; elected Family of the Year of the Special Olympics in 1997; elected to the Honorary Life Time advisor to York County Special Olympics in 2006; elected to the PA Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2007; in charge of the Bowling team for the Special Olympics and of the Title One Program at Northeastern School District; Served as a member and secretary for the Northeastern Sewer Authority; General Manager of the Northeastern Junior Baseball Program and St. John Lutheran Church in Mount Wolf where he served on church council and taught Sunday School. Ross designed and exhibited his silver jewelry designs at the Philadelphia Art Shows. Ross proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII where 11 of his high school class mates decided to enlist in the Navy to help defend our country.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, Mr. Raffensperger is survived by his son, Todd Raffensperger and his wife Stephanie of Dallastown; his daughter, Kim S. Baker of York; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jay and Sierra Stearns of Church Hill, MD, and his nephew, Kevin Stearns of San Francisco, CA.

A Life Celebration service will begin at 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, 28 North Third Street, Mount Wolf, Pa. Visitation will follow the service. Burial will be private. Officiating at the service will be his pastor The Reverend Jason Northridge. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mount Wolf.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider, St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. box 718, Mount Wolf, PA. 17347; York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA. 17406 or to the York County Special Olympics 400 Mulberry Street, York, Pennsylvania 17403.

To share memories of Mr. Raffensperger please visit www.diehlfuneralhome.com

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  1. Mr. Raffensperger was yearbook adviser when I was on the yearbook staff at Northeastern. He gave wonderful advice that I still use in my writing and craft projects: when you are writing, be sure it will still be in good form and taste to readers in the future; when arranging scrapbook pages or other designs, be sure they look balanced and not too heavy on one side; use a variety of shapes and textures to keep it interesting, etc. So glad I got to learn from him.

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