Richard "Rick" Michael Rawson, 71, of Palo, Iowa, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.
Rick was born on June 28, 1947, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Herbert "Bill" and Betty Rawson. He graduated from Jefferson High School and earned his BSE degree from Coe College. Rick married his one true love, Janice Taylor, on May 10, 1987.
They moved to Amana and raised their two children, Abigail and Taylor. Rick and Janice owned and operated their bed-and-breakfast and a lawn-and-garden shop there for nearly 27 years. He also had Cedar Creek Trading Company in Lindale and Westdale malls that spanned more than eight years.
He retired in 2016 and moved to Palo, Iowa, residing in the home in which he was raised. Quoting his children, he was magical, their best friend, most determined, respected, loyal, inspirational, strong, hardworking, pleasant, loving and the most-loved man they had ever known.
Rick included us in all of his passions: golfing, road trips, cooking school, football picks, hard work and madcap adventures. He truly was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.
Survivors include his wife, Janice; children, Abigail and Taylor; his brother, Thom (Cathy) Rawson of Cedar Rapids; sisters, Janet (John) Metcalfe of Minnesota and Nancy (Tim) Rawson-King of Cedar Rapids; stepmother, Delores; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncle.
We all feel blessed to have had him in our lives.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Clover Ridge United Methodist Church, 125 Fifth St. N., Walford, Iowa. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, with a lunch to follow the services.
Papich-Kuba Funeral Service, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving the family.