LATHAM — John "Jack" Raup of Latham, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after a long illness. He was born in Hudson, the son of Henry and Mildred (Roraback) Raup.
He spent his childhood in Kinderhook and was a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School. Thereafter, he worked for a time at Albany Felt Company and was a member of the National Guard. Jack enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Korea and North Africa. Upon finishing his tour of four years, four months, and four days, he was dismissed with an honorable discharge. He attended college at Hudson Valley Community College during its inception when it was a technical school in Troy. He continued his education at SUNY Oswego, obtaining a teaching degree in the field of industrial arts and a master's degree in administration. His teaching career began in Keeseville and continued at North Colonie Central Schools in Latham. He was an active member and president of the North Colonie Teacher's Association for a number of years, and in 1979, received an award for Teacher of the Year from that organization. During his retirement, he resided mostly in Latham. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks. Over his years, he enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, photography, was an aviation enthusiast and supporter of the performing arts.
He is survived by his children, Lou Ann (Jack) Kassinger, Marian (Dave) Reau, John R. (Kristen) Raup; his grandchildren; Mercedes Kassinger, Garth Kassinger, Aaron Reau, Jayne Reau, Sabrina Sisco, Alison Cramer, Jacqueline Cramer, Ronald Albert Cramer; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Route 9, Valatie, NY, with Rev. Stark Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the West Ghent Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Mac-Hayden Theatre, 1925 Route 203, PO Box 204, Chatham, NY 12037; The Colonie Elks, Lodge #2192, PO Box 756, 11 Elks Lane, Latham, NY, 12110; Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY, 13820