Stan Rawley of Coulee Dam, Wash., passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at the age of 83. He was born on January 31, 1930, in Brewster, Wash. As a child, Stan's family moved to the Grand Coulee Dam area where his mother worked very hard as a switchboard operator for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to raise her two young sons. Stan attended grade school and high school in Coulee Dam where he excelled at many different sports, and upon graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served his country during the Korean War. After his discharge from the service, Stan returned to the Coulee Dam area in 1952. Thanks to the influence of his stepfather, Stan became an ironworker for the Iron Workers Local 14, where coworkers knew him as a strong, hardworking man. He was known affectionately by many of his friends, coworkers, and family as Moose.
On July 3, 1953, Stan married Elsie Teslow. They remained in Coulee Dam where they enjoyed raising their two children, Daniel and Lisa. More than anything else, Stan loved spending time with his family, relatives and friends. He enjoyed camping trips, hunting, fishing, watching football, playing pinochle, and having family get-togethers. In his later years, Stan most enjoyed visiting his children and spending holidays together. Stan traveled long and far to visit his son, Daniel, and his family while they were stationed in Germany, and his daughter, Lisa, on the Washington coast. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Stan is survived by his wife Elsie of Coulee Dam; children Daniel (Portland, Ore.) and Lisa (Arlington, Wash.); son-in-law David Lancaster (Arlington, Wash.); grandchildren Nikolas and wife, Angie (Vancouver, Wash.), Sarah (Keystone, Colo.), Jeff (Portland, Ore.); great-grandson Marcus Rawley (Vancouver, Wash.); brother Wayne Rawley (Riverside, Wash.); half-brothers and sisters Denny, Dale, Judy, Susan, Brenda, Wendy; and many nieces and nephews. Stan was preceded in death by his loving daughter-in-law Jeannie Rawley (Portland, Ore.), and half-brother Jack Rawley (Tonasket, Wash.)
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, at Coulee Dam Community Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Grand Coulee's Spring Canyon Cemetery.
Please sign Stan's online register book at http://www.stratefuneralhome.com, Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee is honored to be serving Stanley's family.