Armond Romeo Ravera, more commonly known as “Corky”, was born March 24, 1927, in Buchnell, Iowa, to Raymond and Mary Ravera. Corky married Fredene Kingrey on Nov. 4, 1950, and were married 57 years prior to Fredene’s passing in 2008. Corky graduated from Attica High School in 1945. After graduating, he joined the United States Navy. He lived most of his life in Knoxville. Corky worked and retired from John Deere Works in Ankeny.
In retirement, Corky really enjoyed working in his garden and his yard, which were great sources of pride for him. He loved to visit with people, a stranger he never met. He was well known at the coffee shop and various places in Knoxville. He enjoyed life and if you were around him, you had a good time as well. As his friend said, “If you don’t have a good time when you are around Corky, it is your own fault.” Corky was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was recently honored as a 50-year member of the Masons.
Armond passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Griffins Nursing Center in Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; in-laws, Fred and Mabel Kingrey; two brothers, Ted and Max; two sisters, Anna and Frances; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and a niece.
Those left to mourn his passing are his sister, Lucille Conrad of Knoxville; nieces and nephews, Dianne (Bard) Giltner of Batavia, Robert (Jodi) Nichols of Texas, Nikki DeGeest of Norwalk, Patrick Conrad of Oregon, Rochelle (Rick) Squibb of California and Fred Zamberletti of Florida. Along with his relatives, Corky was so blessed to have such wonderful neighbors and friends that helped him make his life better and in turn, he made their lives better by being a good friend. Stories and good times shared with Corky will long be remembered with a smile or a chuckle which is exactly the legacy he would want to leave those of us left to honor him.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville with Rev. Lane Riggle officiating. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Knoxville Humane Society or to the Avenue of Flags.