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July 5, 1951 ~ May 17, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Forrest “Ed” Rawdin, Jr., 71, of Champaign passed away May 17, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was born at Burnham Hospital, Champaign on July 5, 1951, the son of Forrest “Junior” and Virginia (Manion) Rawdin.
Ed is survived by his daughters, Rachel Bainbridge (Cody) and Lilly Wood (Tim), partner, Mindy McBride, grandkids, Camden Wood, Ashlyn Bainbridge, Kinley Wood and Colin Bainbridge. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Ed graduated from Centennial High School in 1969 and enlisted in the Army National Guard prior to graduating from high school. He grew up learning the construction business from his family. He joined the Laborers Local 703 in 1979 and worked as a laborer for 26 years, mainly for Felmley-Dickerson Co. Ed retired in 2005. After retirement he attended Parkland College. In his later years he enjoyed working as a University of Illinois event parking attendant, working the football and basketball games and other special events, as well as continuing to be heavily involved with Laborers Local 703.
Ed enjoyed reading about historical events, traveling, and breakfast at many local establishments, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with many of his lifelong friends and watching his grandkids thrive in their many activities.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for some time later this year. Family requests donations be made to the Mark Hannon Scholarship Fund, Laborer’s International Union Hall, 108 E. Anthony Dr., #1, Urbana, IL 61802.
Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com