Donald Charles "Donnie" Ravenscroft

Born: Mon., Oct. 14, 1940
Died: Sun., Apr. 2, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 07, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 07, 2017
Location: Markwood Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Apr. 08, 2017
Location: Calvary United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 08, 2017
Location: Calvary United Methodist Church

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Donald Charles Ravenscroft, Jr.

     KEYSER, WV – Seventy-six years ago, a tiny baby was born weighing one pound fourteen ounces on October 14, 1940. No one thought he would survive but survive he did to live a long, full life. Donnie Ravenscroft was always so proud of the fact, that against all odds, he lived even with his cerebral palsy.  But on Sunday April 2, 2017 Donnie left us and, went to join his heavenly home.

     As the oldest of twelve children born to the late Donald and Hazel Cook Ravenscroft in Keyser, Donnie became the patriarch of a large family. He is remembered by his outgoing personality. From the confines of his wheelchair Donnie managed to know a great number of people and to know about them.  His first seven months were spent in an incubator at Potomac Valley Hospital, then in his early years he lived on Water St. in Keyser before the family moved to Hooker Hollow Road.

      He told someone recently that his favorite memory is wheeling himself up into the field across from home early in the morning  smoking his pipe. At home he would sit on the front porch to wave to neighbors. He was known for his love of singing and his compassion and concern for others.  He was a collector of hats (hundreds), CDs (also hundreds), and pipes (not as many).

      He will be missed by his sisters, brothers and in-laws: Judy and Owen Stanley,  Patricia Keller, Leon and Kathy Ravenscroft, Marian and Kerry Miller, sister in law Cyndi Ravenscroft,  Chris and  Lois Ravenscroft, Karen Ravenscroft and Greg Hotchkiss, all of Keyser, Janet Ravenscroft of Romney, Amy and Jim Wildman of Martinsburg,  Mollie Ravenscroft and Kent Moreno of Shepherdstown, and Norman and Robin Ravenscroft of New Creek. His aunt Dorothy Cook Sentz  and many cousins will also mourn his  passing.

      Donnie took great pleasure in his twenty six nieces and nephews whom he would get to do his  bidding from his wheelchair, which they would cheerfully do especially if he offered them a nickel or, with inflation, a quarter.  They include: Joe Barrick, Chuck Barrick, Michelle Laurenzo, Nicole Murphy, Katie Barrie, Mollie Keller, Noel Ravenscroft, Matthew Ravenscroft, Troy Ravenscroft, Emily Altobello, Kerri Staggers, Abby Duckworth, David Miller, Sarah Wildman, Jami Cox, Doug Ravenscroft, Rachel Ravenscroft, Andrea Eversole, Megan Moreno, Ben Moreno, Erin Ravenscroft, Laura Pritts, Jenny Redman, Ryan Hotchkiss, Julie Arnold,  and  Andrew Rotruck. He soon then started training some of his forty-six great nieces and nephews to do their part to help him.

      In his early years Donnie found great support from his late grandparents Charles and Clara (Barr) Cook and Columbus and Annie (Ervin) Ravenscroft. Donnie missed his late brother Douglas Ravenscroft who was always willing to cheerfully assist him while sharing a joke. He was grieved by the death of his great nephew Cody Raines and many aunts and uncles.

     Donnie had some difficult times experiencing several surgeries and hospitalizations and being homebound. But as his siblings grew up, they often took Donnie out to eat, shopping and to places like the beach and to visit them.

     His passing will leave a hole in the hearts of so many who knew him. When Donnie is remembered it will be with a tear and a smile; a tear for our grief but a smile when remembering some of his antics and funny expressions. He enjoyed life. And he is now enjoying the great hereafter with his many loved ones.

     There will be visitations at Markwood Funeral Home in Keyser on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm.  His funeral will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 233 S. Mineral Street with visitation one hour prior to services.   Interment will follow at the Potomac Memorial Garden Cemetery.

     Family and friends are invited to a bon fire on Saturday evening, April 8 at 6:00 at Ravenscroft Field as a memorial to our dear Donnie.

Charitable donations may be made in Donald 's memory to the following organizations:

Calvary United Methodist Youth Department
P.O,. Box 297, Keyser, WV 26726

Shriner's Hospital for Children
3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140-4131
Tel: 215-430-4000

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Debbie Leilich
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
My heart goes out to you in the loss of your precious brother. My mind has been flooded with memories of the Ravenscroft family beginning with Ma Cook and Charlie.

I wish I could be there with you, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the incredible life on Donnie.

Love to all!

Kathy Koehler
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
I'll dearly so much miss Donnie.I drew close in friendship with him.Donnie would always be sitting there waiting on the front porch when the family and I would come for the reunions.Donnie and I would talk when I would visit.I had to share Jesus with him one time .I sent him an article on how to know the steps of salvation.Donnie remembered and told me that he really liked that.So ever since then,this is how I learned and knew Donnie.When Donnie was in a nursing home.I would sent him pictures to brighten his day so as there were times he had to stay in his room.My heart holds a special for place Donnie.I know Donnie is walking in heaven.And heaven is where Donnie I'll see again.What a reunion that will be in heaven.To see Donnie again.Love Always.

Mary Pemberton
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
I was blessed to get to know Donnie while I was in Piney Valley as a resident for 3 years. He always loved getting cards from family and friends and we would talk for a bit when I delivered them. I know he will be deeply missed. My prayers are with his family at this time.

Sheila Golden
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
I am truly saddened by Donnie's passing. I am so glad that I had the privilege of getting to know him as a volunteer at Heartland/Piney Valley. He was always so pleasant and his smile was contagious. He was also a very appreciative person. When I would visit, he always thanked me for talking with him. I will especially miss seeing him sitting at the window across from the main dining room. I would sit on the window sill and we would talk. Our best conversations happened at that window. Donnie was very proud of his family and mentioned them often. He was blessed to have a very loving, attentive family and I know that he was a blessing to each of them. He was an inspiration and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to know him. My thoughts will be with all of you
during this difficult time.

Burlington U. M. Family Services
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
We would like to offer our deepest sympathy at the loss of your family Member, we will remember you all in prayer, God Bless.

   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort sustain you as you await the promises found at John 5:28,29 and Rev. 21:4 where God promises to do away with all the things that cause us suffering and pain including death here on the earth forever. (Psalm 37:29) It is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family at this time.


John and Beverly Sturm
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
To Leon, Kathy, kids and the entire Ravenscroft family: Please know that although we cannot be there to celebrate Donnie's glorious life in person, we will be with you in our hearts. Much love and many prayers.......

Jeffery Kesecker
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Sorry for your loss! I had so many fond memories of Donnie when growing up . Wheeling him across the field to watch us play sports etc. If i could have switched places with him for a day I sure would of. He was so happy and pleasant . I sadly will miss his smiles and selflessness. God has surely gained an angel!

Greg and Mary Kay Snyder
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone during this time.

Betty Robinette
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
So sorry to hear of Donnie passing. He will be missed by so many...God Bless God Speed

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