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John V. Rawson Jr, 87

U.S. Air Force

1935 - 2022

John Van Rennselaer Rawson Jr., 87, of Skillman died at home surrounded by his family on April 18.

Fondly known as Skip, he was born in Plainfield to parents John V. and Anna Mabel (Snoden) Rawson.

Over the course of his career, Skip had many varied interests. Formerly chairman of the Loan Committee of Montgomery National Bank, he founded Rawson Food Services, a Wendy’s franchise company. A lover of airplanes, motorcycles, boats, and cars, Skip embraced life with great enthusiasm.

A retired Major in the United States Air Force, Skip continued to be active in the aviation community, including flying in the Tora! Tora! Tora! airshow group. He was also involved in the Delaware Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

Skip’s adventures also led him to the Thousand Islands where he restored Calumet Island and made it a family retreat. He adored being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and friends. He had boundless energy, extreme loyalty, and was truly one of a kind.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Richard.

He is survived by his loving wife Dr. Joyce H. Glazer as well as his children, Lisa and Steven Garb, Laura and Paul Butrico, John and Gail Rawson, Melony and Steve Baclini, and Hannah and Billy Theodat. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Aimee, Dan, Tim, Anna, Erin, Holly, Jillian, John, Miles, and Logan. Skip is also survived by his sister, Carole Pratcher and brother, John Corey Rawson.

There will be a private family burial at the Blawenburg Reformed Cemetery, 1006 Route 601 Skillman, 08558.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Commemorative Airforce; the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY, or a charity of your choice. ■


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