Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, David Lee Rawling, 65, of Midland, passed away on November 9, 2018 at Midland Memorial Hospital.
David, known to family and friends as Dave, was born on July 11, 1953, to Gordon Lee Rawling and Betty Josephine Clare in Port Huron Michigan.
Growing up in Michigan, Dave along with his brothers, were Boy Scouts, and the Rawling family spent a lot of time at the lake, camping, and playing baseball in the backyard with neighborhood kids.
One of the families favorite things to do was visit the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and watch the planes flying in and out.
Dave was also a member of the basketball team and was employed as a paper boy for the local newspaper.
He met Helen Duman in December 1974, and the two were married three months later on March 8, 1975.
Dave worked for a steel foundry company in Michigan until he moved his family to Monahans in 1978, due to the better employment opportunities and so they could join other family members who had already made the move to Texas.
Dave began working at Schlumberger in Monahans in 1978.
When Schlumberger closed the Monahans yard in 1998, Dave transferred to the Midland yard, and retied in 2009 after 32 years of service.
He received many awards while employed with Schlumberger.
The family moved to Midland in 2001, where he lived until his death.
Although retired from Schlumberger, Dave continued to work after retirement, at Elliott Electric as a loader, Midland Memorial Hospital as a shuttle driver, 3C as a truck driver and manager, and finally at Arkoma as a van driver for oilfield workers. He retired for good in 2016.
Dave enjoyed working on his vehicles, watching the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Red Wings, he loved to travel with his family, riding his motorcycle and four wheeler, shooting his guns, his silver coin collection, playing card games, shooting pool, swimming, fishing, and visiting with his brothers and sister at the many, many family barbeques reminiscing about the 'good ole days.'
Dave loved all kinds of animals especially his three chihuahuas: Sparky, Frito and Spike, along with his cat Frisky.
His greatest joy was his spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids.
Dave was a family man and when his work schedule allowed, the family took vacations and spent a lot of time just being together and doing things as a family.
He will be remembered as a person who was always willing to help out someone in need.
Dave and his bride, Helen, spent 43 wonderful and happy years together and he will be deeply missed by many.
He is preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Stocks.
Dave is survived by the love of his life, Helen M. Rawling of Midland; loving and devoted daughters: Tammy Horton (Jason) of Midland, Vicky Harper (Michael) of Crane, and Katherine Leggett (Blake) of Midland; one sister, Bonnie Kittridge of Monahans; four brothers: Gordon K. Rawling (Pamela) of Henderson, Robert (Bob) Rawling, John Rawling and Jeff Schulte (Kelly) all of Monahans; grandchildren: William Downs, Travis Leggett, Jennifer Horton and Brianna Horton all of Midland. Stephen Harper, Krysilyn Harper, Ashley Harper and Abigayle Harper all of Crane, Betty Lynn Whitt, and one great grandson Layne Ray Marquez both of Monahans; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and several extended family members in the United Kingdom.
Family visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Harkey Funeral Home.
Services will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 2 p.m. in the Harkey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeppie Wilson officiating.
Pallbearers are: John Rawling, Jeff Schulte, Robert Rawling, William Downs, Stephen Harper, Blake Leggett and Jason Horton.
Honorary Pallbearers are Gordon K. Rawling, Robert (Bob) Rawling and Michael Harper.
Internment will follow at Monahans Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Dave's name to the Salvation Army.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harkey Funeral Home.