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Jerry Raveling, 80, of Colington Harbour, died on April 13, 2013 at home. He was born in June of 1932, in Williston, ND. His parents were the late Elwood and Blanche Raveling of Minneapolis, MN. Jerry grew up in ND and MN, attending public schools in Alexandria and Minneapolis, MN. Jerry was a varsity athlete in high school (football, swimming, and track) and in college (football and swimming). After graduation from high school he was offered an athletic scholarship (football) where he attended and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduation he served for three years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force as an officer, pilot and radar interceptor controller.
His civilian career was primarily in the field of management of the development and operation of computer systems for the military. He worked for three aerospace corporations with assignments in CA, CO, MN, VA, and WI. In 1989, Jerry and his wife Nina moved to Colington Harbour in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where, until retirement, he was a self-employed software management training consultant. He also worked as a historic interpreter at Somerset Place Historic Plantation in Creswell, NC and at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC. He and his wife Nina have also done extensive volunteer work for the community of Colington Harbour.
The Ravelings have been life-long members of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and are members of the Kitty Hawk UMC.
He is survived by his loving wife Nina of 38 years of the home; daughter Terri, her husband Rich Dahm and grandchildren Allison, Jared, Lindsay and Jessica of Mead, WA; son Jay and his wife Yazmina of Corpus Christi, TX, Jay’s former wife Lori Titus, and grandchildren Jeremiah and Nikki, all of Maryland. Also surviving are his older brother Dick and his wife Rachael of Coon Rapids, MN and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son (Todd-1960) and his brother Ron (1998).
Jerry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He had a deep and sincere love of family. He and Nina did much in recent years in developing and maintaining an extensive family genealogy and history.
At the request of the deceased, no funeral service is planned, he is to be cremated, and his ashes scattered on the ocean. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 26th, 2:00 pm at the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. Memorials, if desired, are suggested to the Colington Volunteer Fire Department.
Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.