James Theodore Raftis, Jr. 92 of Robins died Wednesday June 3, 2020 at his home. Private graveside services will be held at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife Donna, two daughters Vicki (Jerry) Van Deussen and their daughters Cara (Dan) Brady and Kelly Folkers, and Beverly (Dave) Baldridge and their daughters Rachel (Derek) Leach and Dana (Stanley) Tackett; two step daughters Deanine (Dave) Gilbertson and Dianna (Mike) Geers and their children Ryan, Max, Mitch and A.J.; a sister Elaine Holubar and her grandchildren, a brother Robert (Diane) Raftis and their daughters. He is also survived by four great granddaughters and five great grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson David James Baldridge, step-granddaughter Katrina Lee Richards, a brother-in-law Archie Holubar and a niece Karen Holubar.
Jim was born on December 14, 1927 in Cedar Rapids the son of James and Alta (Brown) Raftis Sr. He married Donna Lee Brown on February 14, 1977 in Cedar Rapids. Jim retired as a co-owner of Quality Auto Rebuilders. He proudly served in the Marines. In his younger years he participated in the golden Gloves and had his black belt in Kung Fu.
Jim enjoyed being with his family and friends and was an avid casino patron.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given any local hospice, to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or to the Shriners Organization.