Hoven: Edward R. Rausch, 79, of Hoven died at his home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hoven, with Fr. Kevin Doyle celebrating the Mass.
Burial will follow at St. Anthony's Catholic Church Cemetery in Hoven.
Ed's family is asked to meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Organist will be Alice Simon, and St. Anthony's Catholic Church Choir will sing. Lectors will be his grandchildren: Kalecia Hageman, Traci Arbach, Jennifer Jensen, Kayla Sautner, and Shawna Rausch. Eucharistic ministers will be George and Shirley Rausch. Mass servers will be Dana Hageman, Jason Jensen, and Isaac Kaiser. Offertory gift bearers will be Luke Rausch, Colin Arbach, Kimberly Hageman, Isabella and Erica Sautner.
Visitation will be at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hoven from 4 p.m. Friday until the time of the Mass on Saturday.
There will be a wake service at the church at 7 p.m. Friday.
Edward Roger Rausch, son of Frances M. (Duenwald) and John N. Rausch, was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Hoven. He attended school in Hoven and graduated from Hoven High School in 1950.
After graduating from high school, Eddie took over the family farm eight miles west of Hoven.
On June 23, 1960, Eddie was united in marriage with Patty Mack at St. Anthony's Church in Hoven. This union was blessed by seven children.
Despite losing his hand in a corn picker accident when he was 24 years old, Eddie continued to farm and feed cattle. In the late 1980s, he became a licensed/bonded cattle buyer. He was passionate about fulfilling cattle orders for his feedlot operation and for his customers. He loved meeting and visiting with people at the sale barns and many friendships were formed from his weekly visits.
Eddie was very proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was most happy when he was surrounded by his family on holidays and special occasions. Eddie enjoyed visiting and reminiscing with his family and friends in person and on his phone. He was never afraid of striking up a conversation with a stranger. He also enjoyed shaking dice, dancing, and attending the Boys State B basketball tournaments. His favorite destinations were the Black Hills, Bahamas, Hawaii, and visiting the feedlots in Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado.
After losing his wife in a farm accident in 1998, Eddie retired and made his home in Hoven. The highlight of his week was his weekend trips to Aberdeen. In 2001, he met his special friend, LaVerne Tarver.
He is survived by his son, Steve of Whitewood; five daughters: Jeanne (Ron) Arbach, Amy (Jim) Arbach, Colleen (Tom) Hageman and Lori (Chad) Sautner, all of Hoven, and Debbie (Neil) Jensen of Henry; 20 grandchildren; dear friend, LaVerne Tarver of Aberdeen; one sister, Marcella Lemler of Gettysburg; four brothers: Donald Rausch of Aberdeen, Richard (Jane) Rausch of Gettysburg, Lloyd (Betty) Rausch of Windsor, Colo., and George (Shirley) Rausch of Aberdeen; his sister-in- law, Pat Rausch of Hoven; and his brother-in-law, Hank Westphal of Bath.
Eddie was preceded in death by his wife, Patty, on July 5, 1998; one son, Jim, on Jan. 17, 2002; one granddaughter, Madalyn Sautner, on July 1, 2003; his father on June 13, 1949; his mother on Feb. 12, 1981; three brothers: Alfred, Albert, LeRoy; and four sisters: Mary Rausch, Laura VanWell, Helen Holzwarth and Bea Westphal.
Casketbearers will be his grandchildren: Rebecca Arbach, Michelle Arbach, John Arbach, JoAnn Arbach, Kyle Arbach, Derick Arbach, Jeff Hageman, and Zach Rausch. Honorary casketbearers will be his son-in-laws: Ron Arbach, Jim Arbach, Tom Hageman, Neil Jensen and Chad Sautner.
To leave an online condolence or to view the tribute video, please visit millerlienfh.com.
Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle is in charge of arrangements.