April 12, 1931-April 23, 2018
Roger Lou Rawls passed away at his residence on April 23, 2018. Roger valued family and friends, holding them close to his heart. He had a great sense of humor and patriotism, living by strong principles and values. With a generous heart, Roger donated money and time to several charities throughout his life, focusing on cancer research, help for veterans, and the Florence Crittenton Home in Helena, where he and his wife, Rosemary had adopted their children. He had a special appreciation for the outdoors and enjoyed cross-country and downhill skiing, kayaking, cycling, hunting, and shooting trap.
Roger was born in Helena, Montana on April 12, 1931. He was the middle child of Jennie Garver and Jesse Rawls. Raised in Helena, Roger graduated from Helena High School in 1949. On May 23, 1953, Roger married the love of his life, Rosemary Galloway. Roger served in the Army National Guard, and worked several jobs including for the Northern Pacific Railroad and as a construction laborer. At 27 years old, he decided to go back to school to become a mechanical engineer and later, a certified Professional Engineer. He graduated from Montana State University (Montana State College at the time), after which he worked for Columbia Geneva Steele in California and for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut, where he worked on fuel cells for the Apollo space missions. His love of Montana brought him back to work for the Montana Power Company. Roger and Rosemary made their home in Butte where they lived the rest of their lives.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Galloway Rawls, his son, James Roger Rawls, and his sister, Elenor Compton.
He is survived by his daughter, Helen Rawls Kurtz, son-in-law Scott Kurtz, his grandchildren, Samuel James Kurtz and Gilian Rosemary Kurtz, and his sister Venis Treiber.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Roger’s life on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m., in the Finlen Hotel Treasure State Ballroom, 100 E Broadway in Butte, Montana. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Roger’s name to a charity of your choice.