Wayne "Dick" Rawlings (81) of Neoga

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Published on March 4 2013 3:29 pm

Wayne Dixon "Dick" Rawlings, 81, of rural Neoga, Illinois passed away at 9:40 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, in the Hilltop Skilled Nursing And Rehabilitation Center of Charleston.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7 in The St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Neoga, with the Rev, Fr. Robert DeGrand of Sigel and Sr. Pat Theis of Effingham officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, with a parish wake service at 6 p.m., at the Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home of Neoga. Burial will be held at the Neoga Memorial Cemetery with military services conducted by the V.F. W. Post # 4325 of Mattoon. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. The family wishes a special thank you to the staff at Hilltop Skilled Nursing And Rehabilitation Center in Charleston for their loving care of Dick during his stay. Online condolences may be made at swengel-odell.com

Dick was born January 8, 1932, in Shelby County, the son of Willis and Mildred (Blake) Rawlings. After graduating from Neoga High School, he joined the United States Army where he served until his discharge in 1954. Dick was a butcher for the Casstevens Grocery Store of Neoga for many years. He married Maxine Walk September 29, 1956, in Neoga and later started farming for Walk Farm Inc. for several years. Dick was a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church of Neoga, a member of the Effingham Bowling League and a member of the Cumberland County Farm Bureau. Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Maxine of 56 years; son, Greg (wife Rhonda) Rawlings of Neoga; daughters, Lori (husband Gary) Apke Effingham and Amy (husband Parker) Boothe of Charleston: seven grandchildren, Scott (wife Kristi) Rawlings of Robinson, Beth (husband Andy) Friese of Stewardson, Aaron Apke and fiancee Brittany Kistler; Meghan and Jeremy Apke, all of Effingham, Savannah and Seth Boothe of Charleston and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant son, Michael Joseph Rawlings.