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George W Rager, Jr

March 12, 1943 ~ July 5, 2020 (age 77)


George Rager, Jr., 77, of Coventry Township passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2020 after an extended illness. He was born March 12, 1943 in Nettleton, Pennsylvania to the late George, Sr. and Arthenia Rager.


George was a 1961 graduate of United High School, in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.  After high school, George moved to Akron with his family where he worked in trucking management for over 55 years. It took a pandemic for George to retire from the work he loved at General Transport and he was very good at his work.  George had an unbelievably sharp mind with incredible attention to detail, and memory recall. He was a “walking map.” He could give detailed directions from any location and he always had a short cut. That’s how he was with his family too. If they needed direction, in any area of life, George could be counted on to be there. There was a saying in the family, “who needs a GPS when there is a GWR.” More than anything, George loved his family. He never missed an opportunity to brag on their many accomplishments. He could be counted on to attend every school function and sporting event even when it hurt him to walk. His family was his pride and joy and he was their rock.


George grew up on a farm and had a love for the outdoors. He took great pride in working in his flower beds, mowing his property or going for walks. He even planted a tree on his property for every one of his grandchildren, and he called each one by their name. He also loved to plan trips with his wife, Marie. His favorite vacation spot was Virginia Beach. He had a love for fast cars, and he loved going to car shows. He had dreams of one day being reunited with his long lost 1972 Hurst Oldsmobile. He enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers, but born and bred in Pennsylvania, George’s heart would forever cheer for the black and gold, his favorite, The Pittsburgh Steelers.


Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda (Tom) Dunn; and son-in-law, Brian Arndt, Sr.  He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Marie; son, Tracey (Sherry) Rager; daughters, Nalana (Jeff) Kardos, Roxanne Arndt, Georganne Reeves, and Sonya (Shawn) Barr; step-children Gary (Shelby) Wilson, Jr. and Christine (Shawn) Coe; brothers, Ty (Darlene) and Philip (Elise) Rager; grandchildren; Ashley and Amanda Rager, Erica (David) Conti; Jacob Reeves, Jess Lee, Dylan Reeves, Alex Lee, Caleb Reeves, Brian Arndt, Jr. and Annabelle Barr; great grandchild, Jaden Hosey; step-grandchildren, Ryan Wilson, Jami (Robert) Anderson, Chelsea (Ryan) James, Logan Coe, Ashley and Mason Barr; step-great-grandchildren, Brayden, Brantley and Ellie Anderson, and Jack and Luke James; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.


The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Fresenius Kidney Care of Uniontown for the care of George the past few years.


Per George’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service was held at Evermore Community Church with Pastor Ross Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to forward a cure for chronic kidney disease through the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc., 2831 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 or by going to their website at  Please keep the entire Rager family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time by sharing a message or memory on our website at


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Memorial Contributions:

Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc., 
2831 Prospect Avenue 
Cleveland, Ohio 44115 

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