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John William Rawling

John William


John William Rawling, age 88 of Hastings, Minnesota, passed away at Regina Hospital with his family by his side on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

John was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 30, 1931, the son of Marie (Schmidt) and Wellington. He graduated from high school and went on to receive his Bachelors of Business degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He enlisted in the US Air Force where he proudly served as a Master Sergeant for over 22 years. John married the love of his life, Ruth Earline Staffon, on May 21, 1955. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he worked as a plant scheduler at Unisys for many years before retiring.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Wellington; son, Paul; his daughter, Elizabeth Ann; and his brothers, Edward, Giles, and Joel.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth of Hastings, MN; son, William "Bill" (Tammy) of Hastings, MN; daughter, Marla (Erich) Rawling Gjovig of Crystal, MN; daughter-in-law, Margaret of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Rhiannon (Alain Wouterlood) of Utrecht, Netherlands, Skyler of Hastings, MN, Stu of Hastings, MN, Scott Mearns of Greenock, Scotland, Shelly Mearns of Greenock, Scotland, Shaun (Joel) Era-Atwood of San Diego, CA, and Katie Schanus of Brooklyn Center, MN; great-grandson, Bentley Schafer-Rawling of Hastings, MN; and other family and friends.

A memorial service was held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. 9th Street, Hastings, MN 55033. The family invited friends to join for a visitation from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Military honors followed the service with a reception in the church hall. A private interment for John will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.