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W. Wilson Rawls


Dreams Can Come True

Obituary from Post-Register of 18 December 1984
Portrait of W. Wilson Rawls

Woodrow Rawls

Marshfield, Wis.---Woodrow Wilson Rawls, 72, author of Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys and former resident of Idaho Falls, died Dec. 16, 1984, at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield of cancer.

He was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Cherokee County, Okla., son of Minzy Rawls and Winnie Hatfield Rawls. His book "Where the Red Fern Grows" was published in the United States, Europe and Japan. Rawls lived in Idaho Falls from 1958 to 1975.

Rawls lectured in schools, universities and at educational seminars throughout the United States. He wrote books under the name Wilson Rawls. He married Sophie Styczinski Aug. 18, 1958 in Idaho Falls.

Survivors are his wife of Cornell, Wisc., his mother, Mrs. Winnie Rawls of Albuquerque, N.Mex; two brothers, Jay Berry Rawls of Albuquerque and Jack Rawls of Phoenix; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Day of Alamogordo, N. Mex., Mrs. Eugene (Joyce) George of Albuquerque, and Mrs. Carl (Patricia) Gunn of Ridgecrest, Calif.

There are no funeral services scheduled. The body, which is at the Hansen Funeral Home in Marshfield, Wis., will be cremated.


Rawls' Homepage This information for this website was drawn from the materials collected by Madelaine Love in 1997 as a part of the "Woodrow Wilson Rawls: Dreams Can Come True" research project funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho Falls Public Library. The original interview tapes and transcripts, photographs and other materials are housed in the Idaho Room of the Idaho Falls Public Library and used with permission. Any use of this material without permission is expressly forbidden.

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