Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO


David Grant Rawlings

November 1, 1947January 18, 2017
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CAPT David Grant Rawlings, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. David was born on November 1, 1947 in Ft. Bragg, NC to Col. George D. Rawlings, (deceased) and Joan Hughes Rawlings, (survives).

David is survived by Genie (nee Searson) Rawlings, his loving wife of 45 years, his children Jennifer (Charles) Clark and Michael David Rawlings, as well as his twin granddaughters, Caroline and Julia Clark, all of St. Louis, MO.

David also leaves behind his brothers, Dr. Dennis A. Rawlings of Tulsa, OK and Michael G. (Sonya) Rawlings of Houston, TX.

David graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1969 and earned an MBA from Michigan State in 1982. He was a lifelong Sooners fan.

David’s Naval service included: Sub School NLON. USS VOLADOR SS490,Comm/Weps, SDIEGO & CHASN. SUBFLOT SIX, Flag LT,CHASN. Supply Corps School, Athens, GA. USS DAVIS DD937, Suppo, NPT and CHASN. Fleet Intro Team SPRUANCE Class, Suppo, Pascagoula, MS. SUPSHIP, Material, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Michigan State Univ, East Lansing, MI. NAVFAC, Suppo, Argentia, NFLD, Canada. DoD IG, IG Rep, Philadelphia, PA. USS SIERRA AD18, Suppo, CHASN. NAVSURFLANT, Force Readiness and Dep. ACOS, Norfolk, VA. and Defense Industrial Plant Equipment Center, Commanding Officer, Memphis, TN.

After 24 years in the Navy, he retired and worked various consultant logistician positions in Northern Virginia and Tidewater areas for NAVSUP and NAVSEA projects and authored Naval and Joint doctrine publications. David enjoyed his final retirement first in Bluffton, SC and later moved to St. Louis, MO to be near family where he could spend time with his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to either Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 50008, Studio City, CA 91614-5001 (garysinisefoundation.org) or Friends of Andersonville National Historic Site, Andersonville Trust, P.O. Box 186, Andersonville, GA, 31711 (friendsofandersonville.org)

A Memorial gathering will be held on Sunday January 29, 2017 from 1:00 PM until time of Memorial Service at 4:00 PM Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary 6464 Chippewa St. St. Louis, MO 63109. Per his wishes, David will be cremated and his ashes inurned following full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on Monday, January 30th.

If desired, expressions of sympathy and condolences may be made at www.hoffmeistercolonial.com


  • Memorial Gathering Sunday, January 29, 2017
  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 29, 2017
  • Committal Service Monday, January 30, 2017


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CAPT David Townsend, SC, USN (Ret.)

June 9, 2017

I was shocked to learn of David's passing. He was my Deputy at Comnavsurflant, and I have never met a finer Navy officer. I am sorry that we did not stay in touch during our retirement years. My condolences to all who loved him. May he Rest In Peace.

Erin Rawlings

February 15, 2017

Hello, my name is Erin Rawlings and I am one of David's nieces. To my Aunt Genie, and cousins Michael and Jennifer I offer my sincere condolences. I wasn't made aware of David's death until about a week after it occurred. I did not know him well; however my father filled me in on all the kind acts David did during his life and of course I thank him for his service to our country. Once again, you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Erin

David McCarthy

February 9, 2017

I think it was an InSurv that Dave was leading, he popped into my office, a full captain, which sent my MSs scrambling, but he told everyone to stay put, pulled up the closest trash can, sat down and pulled out a smoke, not even thinking about disturbing one of the sailors who were also enjoying a smoke.

We were friends from that point. Worked together at CACI, and stayed in touched as he went through retirement. He was taken far too early. A true gentleman, I was lucky to have known him. My condolences to his family.

January 24, 2017

We're so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. It was an honor to know you both and we want you to know you're missed and thought of by all your Hidden Cypress friends.
Linda & Bob Rice

January 23, 2017

My sympathies to Genie and family.
Dave gave his all for his family, his country and his community. His moving from Sun City,SC to St.Louis was a loss to our community but a wonderful gain for he and Genie to be with the granddaughters and family these final months.
May he now rest in peace.
Barbara Lenta, Bluffton, SC

Kimberly (Rawlings) Guest

January 22, 2017

I felt blessed to be able to spend time with David at our recent "Cousin's Reunion." He will be greatly missed by his extended family. The Rawlings clan will forever hold him in our hearts. Rest well David! Be at peace.

Ruth Fenster

January 21, 2017

When I moved to Sun City Dave was so warm and helpful. He and Genie made me feel so welcome. I hope his family can find comfort in the memories of their happy times together.

Bobbie Bryson

January 20, 2017

My heart and thoughts go out to Genie & the family. Dave was a good husband & a kind man. I feel honored to have known him.

kelly brown

January 19, 2017

"It was a great honor to have spent time with him at our family reunion 3 months ago. My prayers to all his family. The Rawlings family lost another great man. I am thankful he is no longer suffering. God Bless you David.

Kelly L. Brown (cousin from White Oak, TX)

Michelle Taggart

January 19, 2017

I will miss David and the fun exchange of emails we had over the years as we tried to piece together our family history. I will never forget his way with words, his wit and his love for learning about history and the part his ancestors played in it. His love of family and pride in his grandchildren was evident as he shared both photos and stories. Gentle hugs to you, his family, as well as my love and prayers. Michelle Ganus Taggart