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Michael Lewis Rawson, age 65, passed away on August 10, 2018.

The son of Lee & Eleanor (Hawkins) Rawson, he was born on January 25, 1953 in Lansing.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Michael’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Kristian Williams on August 15, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Mike was my SCT while working for NRCS. I will always remember him fondly, as he treated me like a daughter. He sent me the nicest email before retiring, I will treasure it always. My condolences to his family- he really loved you and spoke about you often during our time together.

  2. Karry Trickey on August 15, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Hello, I am sorry to hear that Mike has passed away. He was a wonderful man and a phenomenal coworker as well . I worked with Mike for several years with NRCS. Became great friends and enjoyed his awesome sense of humor!

    I know how much he loved his children and grandchildren and talked about them all the time. His children and grandchildren were very blessed to have him in their lives.

    On a side note, I was the one who adopted his beloved Rosebud to him and I am worried where she is and who may have her. not sure if she is even alive still.

    Could someone from the family please email me or call me at 517-281-5471 to let me know? if you could not keep her ,please let me know and I will take her or find her another wonderful home. thank you

  3. Neil MacDonald on August 15, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Mike was a student in the GVSU NRM Program and was in several of the courses I taught. Mike was a diligent student and was a pleasure to have in class. As an older “non-traditional” student, Mike also helped keep the other students on task. I remember him as having a steadying influence on the other students, and always being friendly and cheerful. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.

  4. Bruce VanDenBosch on August 15, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I am sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, he left us too soon. I met Mike at Grand Valley State University, we were both nontraditional students working on changing careers and taking a new direction in life. He was a always willing to talk and share ideas. Later he became a coworker at USDA/NRCS, through our shared conversations it was clear he lived and cared deeply for his children. He also seemed handy and enjoyed remodeling his home, and cared about the environment. Mike will be missed.

  5. Kelly Bishop on August 16, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I am very sorry to hear that Mike has passed away, my sympathies to the Family. I knew Mike as a work associate through NRCS. He was a good man with a kind heart. He will be deeply missed. Prayers

  6. Steve Bare on August 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I will miss Mike. Meeting him when he first started working with NRCS, we quickly became good friends and yes he was a Keebler Elf (retired from there). Rather than fade into retirement Mike went back to college then began working with NRCS. He loved field work, meeting with landowners and helping others. He had a great perspective on life and I’m happy to have known and worked with him.

  7. Gregory Thoen on August 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Mike and I would meet every two weeks at a favorite Mexican Restaurant in Hastings, MI. He was well read and intelligent, and was willing to share ideas. Once in a while I would stray a little too far afield and he would quickly bring me back down to earth with a not so gentle rebuke. I will always remember Mike as possessing a gentle heart and a magnanimous spirit. Godspeed, Mikey.

    My heartfelt condolences to his many family and friends.

  8. Carla Gregory on August 17, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. I hired him into the NRCS family many years ago. I will never forget how he thanked me for giving him a chance as an older man in a new career. I valued his maturity and enthusiasm to start a new career! He was a GREAT employee. Although I have not seen him for years, I know he will be missed greatly by his family and friends. What a loss that he is gone.

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