OBITUARY

James David Raulsten ll

March 7, 1983May 16, 2018
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James David Raulsten II was born on March 7, 1983 in Charleston, South Carolina to James and Marsha Raulsten. He was known to most people as David. He leaves behind his most beloved daughter, Riley Renee Raulsten of Corpus Christi TX, his parents James and Marsha Raulsten of Conroe TX, his sister and brother-in-law, Charla and Tye Taylor of Conroe, TX and his brother Donald Raulsten of Lemoore, CA along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins. David was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Evelyn Lackman and paternal grandparents Jim and Lavonne Raulsten. He was a 2001 graduate of Gregory Portland High School in Portland TX. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in History and Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. David had a varied work career and made many friends along the way, most especially those from Hastings, Inc. and the Kroger store of Huntsville. David was passionate about his friends and co-workers. He wanted to make the people around him happy. He loved bad puns more than most; was extremely empathetic; and could bring a bright smile to the most disheartened. He shared his love of bad 80s horror movies with his sister, Charla, and a love of hot spicy foods with his brothers Donnie and Tye. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, Jim, and could argue/talk about the value of measurements in cooking with his mom, Marsha, any day of the week. Friends of David were his friends for life. If he was able to see them on a regular basis or if there were many years in between, the conversation was always easy and comfortable. The most important person in his life though is his beautiful daughter Riley, who will miss him very much. A celebration of life will take place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors, Conroe, TX. A college education for Riley was important to David. Colleagues from the Kroger store have taken a lead in establishing a fund for this purpose. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to contribute to Riley Raulsten’s College Fund may donate at the Bank of America in Conroe using the account's last four digits of 6410, with the Zelle app, through their mobile banking app, or through Metcalf Funeral Directors.

  • DONATIONS

  • Riley Raulsten College Fund C/O Bank of America
  • Riley's College Fund C/O Metcalf Funeral Directors

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

James David Raulsten ll

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FROM THE FAMILY

David's world revolved around his precious daughter Riley Renee. When she entered the world on August 28,2010, it was the happiest day of his life.

FROM THE FAMILY

David as a baby was always happy and loved people, his pets, and to explore the world. That attitude never changed- he continued to see life as an adventure.

FROM THE FAMILY

As a toddler, we lived in Wisconsin and had a huge black cat that he frequently chased. As you can see here, he followed the cat into the flowerbed and laughed with delight when he was able to find him!

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While some children had security blankets, David had "pillaw" Pillow went everywhere with him. He would play hard and then when he was tired climb in to his bed by himself to take a nap. Many times I would realize things were too quiet in his room, walk in and find him fast asleep with "pillaw" nearby

FROM THE FAMILY

David loved being outside and enjoyed the short summers of Wisconsin by playing ball with Daddy.

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When David was two and half along came little sister Charla. This photo captures their sibling relationship perfectly. Does she love him so much she's giving a huge hug, or is she mad at him and trying to strangle him??? The answer would be "YES!''

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This was one of the many times we went to the beach in Charleston SC to witness the departure of Daddy and his ship. Many times we waved the ship goodbye at the pier and jumped in the car to drive to Sullivan's Island where we could wave a final farewell as they left for a 6 month deployment.

FROM THE FAMILY

Charla and David moved around with us as young children. They had each other for best friends for most of their childhood since we moved to a new town every year.

FROM THE FAMILY

David at 4 years old. He didn't like to sit for a portrait but he would with the right motivation. Usually that meant getting a toy afterward!

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Growing up with cousins( Justin and Alicia) the same ages- almost. This was taken at Grandma and Grandpa Lackman's house, but we lived in Virginia Beach at the same time that my sister and her family lived in Hampton, VA. If we went places together, people would ask if they were two sets of twins but then think they looked a little bit older than each other. In fact the boys are not quite a year apart and the girls are a little more than a year apart.