John Jack Raven

July 19, 1921October 24, 2014
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Falmouth - John Henry “Jack” Raven, 93, died at home on Friday, October 24. He was born in Knox on July 19, 1921, the sixth of William Henry and Naomi Pearl (Carmichael) Raven’s 17 children. Jack grew up in Knox and graduated from Freedom Academy.

He served his country in the Army during World War II as a Tank Commander in Europe. In 1946, he married Juanita Louise Bowie and together they raised six children in Cumberland until her passing in 1973. Jack worked at the Sebago shoe factory in Westbrook for many years, but he is best known as the owner of Raven’s Lunch, which would later become Food Stop, in Cumberland. Jack was an affable and beloved figure in town, and most folks living in Cumberland in the mid-1970s to early 80s knew him. And if you knew Jack Raven, you almost certainly liked him.

Jack spent the last year of his life living with his son and daughter-in-law, James and Nora, who gave him full-time, loving care. It was a great comfort to him to be surrounded by family.

Jack is survived by his wife of 26 years, Agnes; his children: Dianne Wheeler of Westbrook; Darryl Raven and wife Jean of Thorndike; Joyce Dillow and husband Charlie of Litchfield, NH; Marilyn Nicholas and husband David of Harwich, MA; James Raven and wife Nora of Falmouth; Wendy Estabrook and husband Kenneth of Falmouth; grandchildren: Jason Raven and wife Angela of North Yarmouth; Karen White and husband Ritchie of Cumberland; Jeffrey Dillow of Marshfield, MA; Brian Dillow and wife Julie of Litchfield, MA; Joseph Nicholas of Burlington, VT; Elizabeth Estabrook and Matthew Estabrook of Falmouth; seven great-grandchildren: Nathaniel, Grady, Autumn, Allyson, Emmaline, Mikaela and Lea; siblings: Ethel Pattee of Brooks; Ferne Thompson of Whitneyville; Mabel Larrabee of Knox; Judy Porter of Thorndike; Merle Raven and wife Val of Augusta ; and Minnie Raven of Thorndike

He was predeceased by his first wife, Juanita; by brothers Lawrence Raven, Earl Raven, Harold Raven, Seth Raven, Daniel Raven, William Raven and Carl Raven; and by sisters Lila Bryant, Edith Porter and Alfreda Moore.

Visiting hours will be on Monday October 27, 2014 from 5 – 7 PM at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, ME. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday October 28 at 11:00 AM, also at the funeral home, with burial following in Blanchard Cemetery, 215 Winn Road, Falmouth. Please visit to view a video collage of Jack’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

For those who wish, donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, NE Division, Inc., 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086


  • Visiting Hours Monday, October 27, 2014
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • Burial Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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October 28, 2014

Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.

October 27, 2014

I remember visiting (Red) Raven with my dad, Ben Lyons when I was young. He had the biggest smile. Thoughts are with the Raven family at this time. Mary Walker, New Hampshire

Kathy Allen-Merrill

October 27, 2014

To Joyce and all of the Raven family.My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I know how important the store meant to the community and your parents did a great job ! Hugs to you all !

October 27, 2014

My Condolences to the Raven Family, I am a friend of Dianne Wheeler who always talks nice things about her Dad to me at the pool we both swim at, my thoughts go out to her.
Dave C

Rod & Barb Morton

October 27, 2014

Our hearts go out to the Raven family,over the loss of their Dad. Jim and Nora you did so much for your Dad,and allowed him to stay at home. God Bless all you did!

Mike Edes

October 26, 2014

Thinking of the entire Raven family. I was proud to of known Jack since I was a kid and it was great having him as a neighbor. I miss the days of visiting with Jack and having him tell me of the deer he would see in his "barley field" !!!
Rest in peace Jack

Eric Moynihan

October 26, 2014

My condolences to Daryl and the Raven family on the passing of Jack. Raven's Lunch and Jack Raven constituted the absolute center of the Cumberland Center social scene in the late 60's and 70's. It is where a whole generation of Greely Rangers gathered, socialized, plotted and laughed, a whole lot of laughs. Jack was always a pleasant and smiling constant in that scene and everybody thought the world of him. Rest in Peace, Jack.