In Memoriam – John Rawley – Col. (Retired)

It is with great sorrow that the chapter informs our members of the passing on
April 3, 2018 of Colonel (Ret) John Rawley, beloved friend and chapter member.

John will be missed by all chapter members and friends who remember with fondness his many years hosting the Bastogne Banquet and his dedication to the chapter. May he rest in eternal peace.

Viewings will be held
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
and Monday, April 9th, 2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
at Bocco Funeral Home
1300 Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Funeral Services will be held
Monday, April 9th at 11:00am
(Immediately following the viewing)
at Entombment Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum
2398 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

View John’s Full Obituary from Bocco Funeral Home Here

John Rawley, Col. (retired) of Cherry Hill, NJ, formerly of Medford Lakes, NJ passed away on April 3, 2018 after a brief illness.  After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, he continued his civilian and military education graduating from Wilmington University and Central Michigan University.

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jean Rawley (nee Burgo).  Also survived by his dear and loving sister-in-law Michele and brother-in-law William Taylor, Jr. and niece Krista.  Predeceased by his nephew Billy Taylor, sister Joan, brother-in-law William Johnston and niece Susan O’Neill.

John had an extensive and outstanding military career.  His military education included Airborne, Officer Candidate School, Special Forces, Ranger and Pathfinder schools.  In addition to numerous military awards, he earned the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism in 1976 after rescuing two people from a burning automobile.  In 1979, he joined the Delaware Army National Guard Academy and served as the training officer retiring in 1987.  He was an admirer of World War II Veterans and researched records to make sure individuals had received the medals and recognition they so deserved.  He was a lifetime member of the 82nd, 101st and Special Forces Associations.  In addition to his military career, he was employed until 2010 as the training officer for the Camden County Sheriff Department.  Anyone who met John always remembers the charismatic personality of “The Colonel.”

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Parkinson’s Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131

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