SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Alfred Rawson, 89, of Springfield, Vt., stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the morning of April 11, 2019. Rawson met Jesus through a Billy Graham crusade while serving in the USAF in Japan in 1952. He since served his Lord faithfully and dreamed about the day he would see the Lord face to face. Now, his dream is reality. With his twinkling blue eyes and heart-melting laughter, Al Rawson is gladly serving and worshipping his Lord Christ in person.
He is survived by the love of his life of 65 years Ruth (Foster) and his two daughters Susan Whittemore (Edward) of Perkinsville, Vt. and Sharon Robinson (Mark) of Gallatin, Tenn. Their grandchildren are Rachel (Daniel), Duane (Kelly), Jason (Casey), Michael (Sarah), and Anthony. Alfred bragged constantly about his five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren whom he loved more than life itself. He is also survived by three brothers Ralph Rawson (Shannon), Hugh Rawson, and Robert Rawson and two sisters Ruth LaFogg and Maude Gabert.
Alfred Stewart Rawson was born in Springfield, Vt. Nov. 20, 1929 to Ethelbert Alfred and Celia (Capen) Rawson of South Londonderry, Vt. He was one of 10 children. He graduated from Chester High School in 1948 where he lettered in baseball. Taking his experience in farming, he headed west to work at the One Bar Eleven ranch in Laramie, Wyo. In October 1950, he was sworn into the U.S. Air Force and started a 21-year career as a welding instructor. He served in Japan, Wyoming, Iceland, Illinois, Germany, and Texas. Upon retirement, Rawson moved his family to Vermont and began a 23-year career as an X-ray inspector at the General Electric in Rutland.
Once coming to know Christ, Alfred was an active member of every church he and his family joined, willingly serving since 1972 at Calvary Baptist, Springfield, Vt. as Sunday school teacher, deacon, choir member, missions committee member, ministry board member, and any capacity needed at any given time. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, and a lifelong member of the Rawson Family Association.
Alfred enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, tracking genealogy, and teaching Bible. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enthusiastic storyteller. Most of all, he enjoyed time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who shared his wit, wisdom, knowledge, and servant’s heart with all. He, and his wife Ruth, taught his family timeless, godly values.
Alfred was predeceased by his parents and siblings: Joan Prouty, Jerome Rawson, Arlene Trapeni, and Christie May Hidy.
Memorial services will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, Vt., Friday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Reverend Malcolm Fowler will officiate. A time of visitation with family will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the service and committal at Oakland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, c/o Memorial Committee, 156 Main Street, Springfield, VT 05156.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel.