Richard and his wife Frances were very dear friends. Richard had a significant stroke last week and died in his sleep at home last Friday night. He will be sorely missed by his family and hundreds of friends. We know we’ll miss his phone calls. He had a raspy, croaky voice due to many little strokes over the past twenty years which affected his vocal cords. But what knowledge he carried in his head about the history of the WT and Adventist religions that we won’t be able to hear him tell anymore. All his many friends are shedding tears over his death and he will be sorely missed. Richard left a hole in our world that will never be filled by anyone else. He truly was one of a kind.
Barbara and Joe
This is his life story: http://www.xjw.com/rawe-df.html
This is a fuller life account: http://www.christianwitnesses.com/id250.html
No he was not a Bible Student. He was concerned with the events around the adventist movement. A time of awakening it seemed in the latter half of the 19th century into the 20th century. He was a very kind gentleman and helped me not to be afraid of leaving the watchtower. I told him within myself I knew there was something diabolically wrong from inside association with CO and a big CO gathering I attended in 1996 in Maryland. i told him I knew I had to separate myself from them for quite some time but took every other path to try and work within their system. He told me it was okay to separate from them to be used by Jesus. He was just kind and loving.
From Peter K.
Richard Rawe was a good friend to me as well as to many Bible Students and many who had been associated with the JWs. I was honored to have been a guest on his call in program, along with many other brethren who had also been guests. Richard was a kind and loving Christian brother. He encouraged open discussion and respect for Christian liberty in drawing doctrinal and prophetic conclusions. He asked challeging questions which provoked thought and investigation of the scriptures. Although Richard had some concerns about the Watchtower organization, I think he made a stronger effort than many to sift through the facts for the truth and not just swallow every criticism. He was an appreciated participant in our Wednesday night call in study. Whenever he had a different opinion, he was a real gentleman about it. I look forward to reuniting with my brother in God’s kingdom.