Marshfield, Wis.---Woodrow Wilson Rawls, 72, author of Where the Red Fern Grows
and Summer of the Monkeys and former resident of Idaho Falls, died Dec. 16,
1984, at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield of cancer.
He was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Cherokee County, Okla., son of Minzy Rawls and
Winnie Hatfield Rawls. His book "Where the Red Fern Grows" was published in the
United States, Europe and Japan. Rawls lived in Idaho Falls from 1958 to 1975.
Rawls lectured in schools, universities and at educational seminars throughout
the United States. He wrote books under the name Wilson Rawls. He married
Sophie Styczinski Aug. 18, 1958 in Idaho Falls.
Survivors are his wife of Cornell, Wisc., his mother, Mrs. Winnie Rawls of
Albuquerque, N.Mex; two brothers, Jay Berry Rawls of Albuquerque and Jack Rawls
of Phoenix; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Day of Alamogordo, N. Mex., Mrs. Eugene
(Joyce) George of Albuquerque, and Mrs. Carl (Patricia) Gunn of Ridgecrest,
There are no funeral services scheduled. The body, which is at the Hansen
Funeral Home in Marshfield, Wis., will be cremated.