Funeral and memorial services for Timothy Edward Rawlings, 53, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of New Martinsville, W.V. and High Point, N.C., are planned at St. Joseph Hill Catholic Church in Sellersburg, on Nov. 17. He died Oct. 29, 2012.
He was born March 5, 1959, in Scott Depot, W.V. to Herbert Lyle (“Buzz”) and Margaret Kraemer (“Maggie”) Rawlings. He is a grandson of George (“Blackie”) and Delphine Kraemer of Louisville.
He was a 1975 graduate of Magnolia High School and a 1984 graduate of West Virginia Northern Community College.
Tim was employed by Mobay Chemical Company in Pittsburgh; Radio Shack in New Martinsville; High Point Chemical Company in High Point; Oliver Rubber in Asheboro, N.C.; Advanced Technology for Memory and Logic in Colorado Springs, and Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs.
Tim had a zest for life and a deep and abiding love for nature and the outdoors. He loved learning, and was especially knowledgeable and enthusiastic about bicycles and cycling. He never met a stranger and would soon find a common interest — plants or rock formations that were nearby, or the planes that were passing overhead, or the textiles people were wearing — as he shared his enthusiasm for his favorite subjects. Tim was never just a bystander. He was not one to look away from a person in need, a wrong being done, or an observation of something amiss. He had an infectious sense of humor and a great laugh, and a talent for making puns, which he practiced unceasingly and wholeheartedly. Tim cycled everywhere he went. He loved the environment and people of Colorado Springs, and treasured his friends and time there.
Tim will be sadly missed by his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, and his cycling friends in Colorado Springs.
He is survived by six brothers and sisters: Sandra Murphy and her husband Don, of Silver Spring, MD, Kerry Harbert and her husband Ed, of Morgantown, W.V., Lyle Rawlings of New Jersey, Susan Matherly and her husband Jeffrey of Martinsburg, W.V., Herbert Steven Rawlings and his wife Becky of Newburgh, and Sarah O’Donnell and her husband Mike of Martinsburg, W.V. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Brian and Kevin Murphy, Danny, Matthew and Sarah Harbert, Chris and Dakota Rawlings, Elizabeth Gierveld Matherly, John, David and James Matherly, Mark, Brendon and Alan Rawlings, and Tim, Quinn and Anne O’Donnell.