A. Bruce Rawlins, 79 of Central Point died Sunday, June 28, 2009 at a local hospital.
Bruce was born July 7, 1929 in Logan Utah, son of Dorothy and Aerial Rawlins. Bruce was raised in Lewiston and Logan, Utah, graduating from Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash. On Oct. 10, 1950, he married Bonnie D. Hansen in Cardston, Alberta Canada. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1955.
Bruce started working in dairies while still in high school. He started out milking cows and then began traveling and testing herds throughout Washington State. He became interested in the process of packaging milk products and in 1951 he was hired by Ex-Cell-O Corporation as a service engineer. He retired in 1989, then became a partner in a machine and parts business, supplying milk-packaging machines all over the world.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His consuming joy came from service to his family and the church. Bruce served in many capacities, including Stake Presidency, High Counselor, Bishop, Clerk, Cub Scoutmaster, Temple worker and a host of other positions. He enjoyed doing maintenance at the Bishop's Storehouse and Cannery in White City.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; his son, Greg Rawlins and his wife, Lynn, of Medford; and his daughters, Laurie Rawlins, of Ashland, Heidi VanMiddlesworth, of Eagle Point, Wendy Rawlins, of Medford, Lisa Kohler and her husband, Dan Keizer and Robin Rawlins Hagen and her husband, Chris, of Portland. Bruce and Bonnie have 20 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Also surviving are his siblings, Stephen Rawlins, of Melbourne Australia, Claude Rawlins, of Richland Wash. and Helen Knopf, of Redmond, Wash. Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2009 at Conger-Morris Funeral Directors in Medford. Committal services will follow at Memory Gardens. Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Conger-Morris. Family suggests memorials to the Perpetual Education Fund c/o Bishop Ralph Cluff, 2475 Griffin Creek Rd Medford 97501.