| Deceased||Rest in Peace||Deceased |
|Andy Rawlinson|| ||Salem, Oregon, USA|| |
Calling Basic thru A2
Cueing Easy thru Phase III
I have been calling since Oct., 1970. I started in California. My
wife and I moved to Oregon in 1995. I got busy right away. I've been calling
for a long time and still enjoy it. So, I plan to continue. I do some traveling,
but, not nearly as much as in the past. I like working with youth. I was lucky
enough to have toured Romania, Poland and Russia with the Young Rebels square
dance club in 1975 and 1977. A great experience. I call for the Golden Squares
in Woodburn, OR 4 or 5 nights a week. I occasionally cue rounds. Especially for
my club, The Dosi Dancers.
Anderson "Andy" Nova Rawlinson
December 4, 1926 - March 18, 2012
SALEM -Anderson, affectionately known as "Andy" by his many friends and family, passed
over into the Promised Land to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Andy was a
singer, entertainer, retired square dance caller and the beloved husband of wife Shirley.
Andy was born in York, South Carolina on December 4, 1926 to Ernest and Fanny Rawlinson
as one of nine siblings in a family filled with love, laughter and family traditions.
He shared many stories of his family's deep affection for one another and the abiding
love that kept them close in times both good and bad while living in the South in that
era. Welcoming him into Heaven are his parents and all of his siblings.
He was a proud Veteran of World War II, serving in the European theatre. After the war,
he moved to Washington, DC, working in the Pentagon for a time, and then moving west to
California where he lived for many years and began his 35-year profession as a square
dance caller, calling in many clubs across the US and making friends wherever he went.
He was also hired as the Caller for an organization called the Young Ambassadors during
which time this group sponsored 16 teenagers for a square dance exhibition tour of
various countries in Europe. Around 1995, he and his then wife Margie decided to move
to Salem, Oregon where he continued to call for square dance clubs across Oregon. Here,
he became interested in karaoke as an additional medium of entertainment and thus became
a KJ at Salem Elks and other fraternal clubs and special events. During this time, he
entertained many with his rich velvet voice which various individuals, including his
wife Shirley, described as rivaling that of Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Bobby Darin
and other greats of the entertainment industry. His talent was versatile, ranging from
standards, ballads, pop and country, all of which he carried off with a wonderful stage
presence and happy enthusiasm. He was happiest when he was entertaining others.
Andy and wife Shirley met in 2004 and were inseparable, marrying in July of 2007 and
together they spent many happy hours singing together and practicing for musical events
they performed at various engagements. They travelled to San Antonio, TX in 2006 where
he was one of the callers at his last of many previous Square Dance National Conventions.
He also earned his Certificate of Achievement from the American Callers Association for
35 years of teaching, calling and promoting square dancing.
Andy is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, stepdaughters Linda Abel, Salem, OR, and
Melody Low (Darwin) Bend, OR, step granddaughters Jacque Largent, Salem, and Stacy
Coonrod, Medford and step grandson Lonny Rosa of Bend , all of which he considered his
own. He was also a pet parent to the couple's Lhasa Apsos, Sassy and Chrissy. He was a
member of the Salem Elks, Salem Eagles and former member of Capitol Callers & Cuers of
Salem, OR. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 23, 2 pm at
Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home. Condolences at www.HED-FH.com.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 20, 2012
| Andy at Home
|Address|| Andy Rawlinson|
3110 Windsor Ave. NE
|Phone (home)|| 503/371-0803 |
|Fax|| 503/371-4753 || |
| Andy at Work|
|Phone (work)|| N/A |
|Fax|| N/A |
| Deceased||Rest in Peace||Deceased |