CHERRY VALLEY —
Raymond Willard Rausch, age 86, died at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, April 27, 2014.
He was born Nov. 16, 1927, in Champion Heights, Ohio, a son of Eleanor Margaret (Walker) and John Henry “Jack” Rausch. Mr. Rausch served in the United States Navy during World War II in Guam, Japan and Alaska. On Jan. 1, 1949, he married Bessie Vera Hatch.
He owned and operated R. W. Rausch Garage, keeping the school buses for Pymatuning Valley in good shape for many years. Mr. Rausch worked on whatever came down the road for over fifty-five years. He was a member of the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church and enjoyed doing cross stitch, making “Tin Men”, making poodles out of golf tees and going to car shows with cars that he restored himself. He and his wife enjoyed wintering for thirty-one years in Hahira, Ga.
Mr. Rausch is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wanda Horvath and Marjorie McAllister; and a brother, Eugene Rausch.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-five years, Bessie V. Rausch; three daughters, Barbara L. Stonebreaker of Dorset, Ohio, Kathi V. (Harry) Kovach of Mesopotamia, Ohio and Cheryl A. Hovanick of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Bryon, Daron, Matthew, Thersa and Anne; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 30th, at BAUMGARDNER FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICE, 134 Prospect St., Andover, Ohio, with the Rev. John M. Germaine officiating.
Calling Hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Today, April 29th, and from 11 a.m. until time of Service on Wednesday, at the Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church or to Hospice.
Obituary and condolences at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com and starbeacon.com.