PAUL LESTER RAUB - Smith Mountain Eagle: Obituaries

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:56 pm

Paul Lester Raub, D.O., was born on January 26, 1920, and passed away at age 92 on September 28, 2012, at the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Euclid, Ohio. Known to most by his middle name “Lester,” he led a rewarding life as a dedicated physician, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, poet, woodworker, bridge player, fisherman, hunter, canoeist, camper, and boat builder before joining his beloved wife Miriam and the Lord in Heaven.  Dr. Raub was the first of two children born to Hannah Bashline Raub and Paul Lester Raub, in New Castle, Pa. His younger sister, Edwina, passed away in 2004. Paul was raised during the Great Depression by his mother and her parents, Joseph H. Bashline and Edwina Clark Bashline. After working his way through college and medical school, he practiced medicine for 49 years, and served his Greenville, Pa. community for 46 years.  Paul graduated from New Castle High School in 1937, Bethany College in West Virginia in 1941, and married Miriam G. Smith in 1942. She joined him in Iowa, where he studied year-round for three years to earn his medical degree from the Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy in 1944. Paul interned at the Bashline-Rossman Osteopathic Hospital in Grove City, Pa., started to practice medicine with William Ketner, D.O., in Clarion, Pa., then moved to Greenville in 1947. Paul served on the staff of the Grove City and Greenville Hospitals and on the Greenville Area School Board, volunteered as team doctor for Greenville wrestling, and was active in Kiwanis. He often made house calls, and delivered more than 2,000 babies including many in the homes of his Amish patients.  Paul’s first of four sons, Dan, was born in 1947. Jeffrey followed in 1950, Brian in 1953, and Paul in 1960. All earned degrees in medicine or business. Sons Dan and Paul also attended Bethany College, where Dan and his father became Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers.  Paul met his wife Miriam in 1938 at the Epworth United Methodist Church in New Castle, and both remained life-long Methodists. After retiring to the sailing town of Oriental on the inland coast of North Carolina in 1993, Paul taught Sunday school and sang in the Oriental United Methodist Church choir. As a Rotarian there, he helped to organize annual tarpon fishing tournaments that provided college scholarships for Pamlico County youth. He later attended the Bethlehem United Methodist Church near Smith Mountain Lake, Va., where he and Miriam lived for four years.  Paul leaves behind more than a thousand original poems and many artistic woodworks. He crafted walking sticks for family and friends. He helped design and build the Greenville home where he lived for 35 years, built several boats, and trimmed sailboats with exotic wood accents.  Paul’s wife of nearly 70 years, Miriam, passed away on May 8, 2012. Three of his four sons survive him. Dr. Daniel J. Raub lives in Aurora, Ohio, with his wife Linda Riley Raub. Brian D. Raub and Lisa Callahan Raub live in Moneta, Va. Paul L. Raub and Beth Raver Raub live in Gettysburg, Pa. Dr. Jeffrey D. Raub, formerly married to Dr. Lois Garner, died in 2004.  Paul also leaves six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Brett Raub of Streetsboro, Ohio, married to Stephanie Perez, plus their daughter Tate and son Evan; Corey Raub of Medina, Ohio, married to Jaclyn Funk, plus their son Jack; Lindsey Raub Kantawee of New York City, married to Anan Kantawee; Stephanie Raub Rasmussen of Portland, Oregon, married to Kyle Rasmussen; Erin Raub of Santa Barbara de Heredia, Costa Rica, married to Fabian Cordero, plus their son Max; and Gabriela Raub of Gettysburg, Pa.  Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 from 11-11:45 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 73 Clinton St., Greenville, where funeral and committal services will be held at 12 p.m. with Rev. Rex Wasser, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will follow the services at Shenango Valley Cemetery in Greenville.  Memorial contributions can be made to: First United Methodist Church, 73 Clinton St. Greenville, PA 16125 or Hospice of the Western Reserve 17876 St. Clair Ave Cleveland, OH 44110.  An online guest book can be signed at:  Arrangements by Osborne-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave. Greenville, PA 16125.



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