James A. Cravener

Born: Mon., Feb. 5, 1940
Died: Sun., Sep. 30, 2018


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 03, 2018
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

5:00 PM Wed., Oct. 03, 2018

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James A. Cravener, age 78, of North East,
died on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at St.
Vincent Medical Center. He was born on
February 5, 1940, in Aliquippa, Pa., the son of
the late James H. and Mary
Ellen (Bright) Cravener.
He graduated Tidioute
High School in 1958 and
was a veteran of the Vietnam
Era, serving in the
United States Army. Jim
was formerly employed
by Erie Press as a heavy
equipment machinist, and
after retirement, owned and operated
a vending business throughout Erie County. He was
a member of the F&AM Masonic Olive Temple Lodge
#557 in Tionesta and the Consistory of Coudersport,
celebrating 50 years of membership in 2012. Jim was
also a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., East
Erie Moose Club and the Brotherhood of St. Joseph.
He totally enjoyed all aspects of sports, traveling to
many venues and many cities over the years, and the
good conversations that evolved around them. He enjoyed
spending time with his family and friends here
and at their camp in Tidioute.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law,
Shirrel Ryder.
Jim is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda (Ryder)
Cravener, whom he married on August 31, 1990; mother-
in-law, Maxine Ryder of North East; sister-in-law,
Lori Needham (Bill) of Harborcreek; and brother-in-law,
Lynn Ryder of North East.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral
Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on
Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of a funeral
service at 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the
American Heart Association, 3025 French Street,
Erie, PA 16504, or to the ANNA Shelter, 1555 East 10th
Street, Erie, PA 16511.
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Jacki Nuttall
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to Jim’s family.
Jim was a family friend to my parents, Jim and Dian Wolford and do his friendship continued to my husband, Ted and myself. He would always stop at my parents every summer when my Uncle, Jack McIntyre was in town.
We would always catch up at the VFW in Tidioute. We would always have great conversationss. I will miss him.

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