Donald William Rausch, 75, of Crosslake, Minn., wintering in Star of the Sea Village in rural Hardy, died July 30, 2003, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
Born May 23, 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis., he was the son of Matthew A. and Edna Eahler Rausch. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Lenertz Feb. 9, 1950, in St. Peter.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Betty; six daughters -- Carolyn (Michael) Ress of New Ulm, Minn., Amy Rausch of Kansas City, Mo., Claire Hausch of Honolulu, Hawaii, Diane Rausch and husband, David Windschitl of Leander, Texas, Mary Ann (David) Mendoza of Woodlands, Texas, Lynn (James) Jorud of Sartel, Minn.; five sons -- Wayne A. Rausch of Malibu, Calif., Matthew G. (Sheila) Rausch of California City, Md., Alan L. (Ilene) Rausch of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Christopher J. Rausch of Denver, Colo., Mark E. (fiancee, Libby Faulk) Rausch of Patterson, N.Y.; a sister Audrey (George) Frederick of Madison Lake, Minn.; a brother, Theodore (Vonnie) Rausch of Brooklyn Park; and 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carol.
A memorial mass was held Aug. 2 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake with Father Dennis Hoffman officiating.
Memorials are preferred to the Donald W. Rausch Memorial Fund to be designated later by the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.