Benson F. Raver Jr.Towson merchantBenson F. Raver...

Benson F. Raver Jr.

Towson merchant


Benson F. Raver Jr., owner of Raver's Prime Meats and Delicatessen in Towson, died July 12 of cancer at his Towson home. He was 58.

He had started the business in 1975 in the Dulaney Valley Shopping Center and moved to York Road below the Beltway in 1986.


Earlier, he had worked for 17 years as a butcher for the Joseph S. Parker Co., a food store on Allegheny Avenue in Towson, and for a time for the Perry Hall Market. He had also worked as a lineman for the Marble Electric Co. and in the Towson plant of the Black & Decker Corp.

He was a native of the Owings Mills area and a graduate of Towson High School. He served in Korea with the U.S. Marine Corps in the mid-1950s.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Louise Bell; three sons, John C. Raver, Joseph C. Raver and Benson F. Raver III, all of Towson; two daughters, Stacey L. Hill of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tina T. Raver of Manchester; his mother, Mary Ellen Raver of Cub Hill; his father, Benson F. Raver Sr. of Macclenny, Fla.; four sisters, Barbara E. Wentz of Jacksonville, Fla., Shirley B. Lingelbach of White Marsh, Joyce E. Kraus of Hampstead and Ann M. Kuyaw of Joppatowne; two brothers, Davis Raver of Macclenny and Steven Raver of Cub Hill; and three grandchildren.

, Services were held Saturday.