Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29Th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


John Preston Raeder, Sr.

21 mars , 19387 novembre , 2019

John Preston Raeder, Sr., March 21, 1938- November 7, 2019 was a loving and loyal husband for 57 years to Elinor “Ellie,” a strongly devoted Father to his three sons - John Jr., Jim, and Dave, and built a successful furniture manufacturing business over 4 decades. John was born in Harvard, Illinois to Ruth and Dr. Frank Raeder. He was a decorated athlete in football and basketball, before attending the University of Denver. At DU he joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and worked tirelessly to put himself through college before graduating in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration. The following year he was drafted into the US Army, trained at Fort Riley, and dutifully served. Then he married the love of his life, Ellie and together they raised their family with strong core values, spent every holiday and special birthday with family, enjoyed their vacations and fun trips to Las Vegas, and built Premier Furniture together. His sustained work ethic, business intellect, and leadership skills have been passed-on to his sons and now the 3rd generation.

Pa’s pride and joy were his many grandchildren, and he never missed a game or school event of any kind. He was keenly aware of every family member’s life, surprising all of us with his poignant and hand written letters, along with funny little gifts and messages at every turn. He was beloved by his family for his kindness, quiet but purposeful intent, and strong character.

John is survived by his wife Ellie; John Jr. (Debbie) Mandy, John III ”Jack,” Caroline; Jim (Kim) Jimmy, Kate, Jenna, Jake; Dave (Julie) Lauren, Buck, Abbie, Jack.

A small family service will be held on Saturday morning, November 16th at Olinger Crown Hill Chapel and Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, CO. We welcome friends to join us at 1:00 pm at Cherry Hills Country Club, 4125 S. University Blvd, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 80113.

Donations may be made in honor of John P. Raeder, Sr. to the DU Men’s basketball program- Code 20030220. Gift hotline number: 303-871-2311.

We are so grateful for everyone’s support and loving comments.


  • John Raeder, Jr.
  • Jim Raeder
  • Dave Raeder
  • Jimmy Raeder
  • Jack Raeder
  • Buck Raeder
  • Jake Raeder
  • Jack Raible


  • Memorial Reception samedi, 16 novembre , 2019


John Preston Raeder, Sr.


Betty Sue Cooper

17 novembre , 2019

My dear friend, Ellie,
I am so sorry for you, the boys and all the beautiful grandchildren you have been so blessed with together. I know he will be so missed by all! What a fine man who led by example and could make me laugh so hard at the same time especially when he called
me “Lady Bird”. Love you & hope to see you soon❤️

Vince Vranesic

17 novembre , 2019

So sorry for your loss. From an old friend ,Vince Vranesic.

Monroe Putnam

14 novembre , 2019

We want you to know how sorry we were to hear of John's passing. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you and the entire family as you go through this change in your lives without John at your side. Putt always looked up to John, especially in his growing up years and we both have always appreciated his love of family and are very thankful to have always be welcomed as we spent time with you, John & your family.
God bless and our love
Putt & Deena

Ryan Monroe

12 novembre , 2019

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We always enjoyed seeing John every year on Christmas. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Ryan Monroe and Sara

Donna Colabuono

12 novembre , 2019

Dear Ellie,
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of John. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this time of sorrow. John Sr. had such a big heart and made everyone feel so welcomed. Our family was blessed to have known such a good man! May all the memories you made together bring you solace and joy. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
I love y’all,

Sue Ann Albers

12 novembre , 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, Ellie. May God give you and the entire Raeder family peace, strength and comfort during this very difficult time. You are and always will be like a second mother to me. I loved Big John and I love you dearly. Mom and I will get there to be with you as soon as we can.
My Deepest Sympathy,
Sue Ann

Deborah Gamber

12 novembre , 2019

Ellie, Chuck & I are so saddened for your loss of the 'love of your life' and are praying the Holy Spirit will give you His loving compassion and strength during this time. Also, for the whole family to know the Lord is with you all as you all go through grieving the loss of such a wonderful man.

Creighton Bildstein

12 novembre , 2019

I remember meeting Mr. and Mrs. Raeder for the first time with John (Jr.) and Debbie at a party at the Village Club years ago. He was just such a nice, fun and gregarious guy, and he and John had so much fun kidding around together. Mrs. Raeder was a delight and they obviously had great affection for each other. I saw him a few other times and he was just a neat guy. I’m so sorry for your loss, Raeder clan.

Faye Washington

11 novembre , 2019

Ellie, Reggie and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are praying for you all during this painful time. With Love and Sympathy, Faye & Reggie Washington