Richard Wayne Rawie
March 13, 1940 - August 14, 2014
Richard, 74, lost a valiant battle with ALS at home surrounded by his loving family in Silverton. He was born in Albany, OR, to Howard S. and Violet C. Rawie, who preceed him in death. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra; one son, Craig (daughter-in-law, Nyla); one daughter Krista (son-in-law, Robert); five wonderful grandchildren: Cole, Breanna, Austin, Brittney and Anika; and sisters, Shirley and Sally.
After graduating from Santa Barbara High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, becoming an E5 Aviation Electrician. He married Sandra, his childhood sweetheart, June 13, 1964, after his sophomore year at Cal Poly, Pomona, CA, where he pursued studies in Electrical Engineering. After graduating with honors in 1966, he worked for several engineering firms in research and development in Santa Clara, CA. While in the area, they joined a family jeep club exploring the vast beauty of the high Sierras hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends on weekends.
In 1978, the family decided to leave Silicon Valley and return to Richard's roots in Oregon to raise their children in the rural life he and his wife enjoyed as children. After settling into their ranch, he volunteered for the Oktoberfest, serving as Treasurer for 27 years. Other hobbies included golf, RV travels, jeep racing, welding, carpentry, designing and building projects for the ranch and Oktoberfest. His abilities to problem solve reached far and wide. His sense of humor and quick wit brought joy and laughter into the many lives he touched.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their Abiqua Creek Ranch, Silverton, with service at 11:15 a.m. If so inclined, bring your favorite memories to share or put on a note card.
The family expresses their deep appreciation to Serenity Hospice for their compassionate and loving care during the last several months along with the many friends who came to visit.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ALS Association, Oregon/SW Chapters, 700 NE Multnomah St., #1180, Portland, OR 97232. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel, Silverton.
Unger Funeral Chapel, Silverton - Silverton
229 Mill Streeet Silverton, OR 97381
Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 24, 2014