Rev. Marion F. Ravan Jr.
Rev. Marion F. Ravan, Jr.
Rev. Marion F. Ravan, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in Salem, Oregon, at age 83.
He was born in Wapanucka, Oklahoma, on October 3, 1926, to Marion and Nova (Slape)
Ravan. After growing up and attending school in Olney, Oklahoma, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1944, and served on two ships in the Asiatic-Pacific. Following his military service, he moved to Oregon and married Margie Daugherty on June 12, l948, in Sutherlin. They moved to California to attend Glad Tidings Bible Institute (Bethany). He also attended Southern California College (Vanguard University) and received his license to preach with the Assemblies of God.
Marion moved back to Oregon to pastor churches in Estacada, Willamina, and Ontario, before becoming the Director of Youth and Christian Education for the Oregon District of the Assemblies of God. He worked tirelessly to build and direct youth camps and conventions and
conduct Sunday school seminars throughout the state.
Marion then went to work for his denomination's National Department of Christian Education in Springfield, Missouri. He spent the next several years conducting training seminars and preaching in churches throughout the United States.
In 1970, he moved back to Oregon to pastor First Assembly of God Church in Medford,
Oregon. After 22 years of ministry in Southern Oregon, he moved to McMinnville, where he pastored for the next 16 years. He retired in 2007.
Marion had an exceptional ability to see talent and potential in young people. He continually took risks to give opportunities to impassioned youth. Through those he has mentored, equipped, and dispatched into ministry, Marion's legacy is long and far reaching. Marion loved people, and had a passion for helping others. Over the years, he was actively engaged locally as a member of city council, the school board, and volunteer ambulance team. He was an
advocate for those in need nationally laboring in Native American communities, building churches, and ministering to first responders at ground zero. Marion also made several missions trips abroad and enthusiastically supported missionaries throughout his many years of ministry.
In addition to Margie, his dear wife of 61 years, he is survived by his brother, Noel Ravan and sisters Jennie Glover and Uvonne Stevens. Marion is also survived by his children, Connie and Phil Colbaugh, Tim and Sandy Ravan, Darla and Ken Rasmussen, and Sherrie and Steve
Harvey; his grandchildren, Philip Colbaugh, Tami and Scott Painter, Aimee and Dan Spadaro, Rachel and Steve Bjork, Joel Ravan, Alan and Angela Rasmussen, Andrew and Michelle
Rasmussen, Laura Rasmussen and Jonathan Harvey; his great-grandchildren, Rowan Painter, Keegan Spencer and Chloe Colbaugh, Semida, Samuel and Eli Spadaro.
Marion's parents and his brother, George Ravan, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m., at The People's Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR. Memorial contributions may be made to the non-profit missions organization of Global Connectors (9503 W. Appaloosa Drive, Sun City, AZ 85373). Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, Ore.