Attorney George D. Raptosh, 95, passed away April 23, 2020 at Windber Hospice. Born December 7, 1924 in Benscreek the son of George and Barbara (Birka) Raptosh. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Deceased family members include his parents, brothers Michael, John and infant Nicholas Raptosh, sisters Ann Ryan, Helen Brousell, Ethel Williams, Mary Vrabel and infant Mary Raptosh. He is survived by his loving wife Rosalind (Lehmier), to whom he has been married for 63 years, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He served in the US Army from May 1943 – December 1945 in the European Theatre in five campaigns during World War II – 3rd Army, 3rd Armored Division. George graduated from Portage Township High School in 1942. He went on to graduate from University of Pittsburgh in 1953 and finished his education at Dickinson School of Law in 1956. He greatly enjoyed practicing law for over 55 years and continued to come to the office on a regular basis until the recent Covid-19 restrictions were put into place last month. His career in law began with Attorney Ferdinand Bionaz in Portage. Most recently with Raptosh Lehmier & Carbonara where he practiced with his niece Suzann Lehmier for over twenty years. George had many roles outside of the office as well, he was Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Attorney General from 1968-1980, Cambria County Solicitor 1984-1992, Cambria County Redevelopment Authority – 1996 to present. Geistown Borough Solicitor 1992-2015. George served on the following boards, Windber Hospice from 1973 – 2016, ARC from 1991 – 2019, Birthright and Conemaugh Health Initiatives. He was a member of the following Fraternal Organizations – VFW, B.P.O.Elks Johnstown Lodge No. 175, American Legion, Amvets, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Benedicts Catholic Church. Enjoyed baseball (being known as the Junkman in his playing days), golfing, dining with friends and spirited political discussions. George will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Donations may be made to Windber Hospice. Due to the current restrictions, all services will be private. Henderson Funeral Home East Hills, 2503 Bedford Street is serving the family.
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