September 28, 1934 - July 30, 2012
Kenneth W. Rausch, 77, of Milford Center, died unexpectedly Monday, July 30, 2012 at The Gables at Green Pastures where he was rehabilitating from recent surgery. He and his family owned and operated Hickory-Plains Farm in Milford Center for over forty years. He retired from the dairy farm in 1990. The Wolff-Rausch farm has been in existence for more than a century. Presently, his son, Randy, manages the business as a grain farm and is the site of The Maize at Little Darby Creek. In 1983, he and his wife, Glenna, opened “Goodies Galore” in Marysville, which they operated until 1995. They also owned “Sweets and Things” concessions for almost twenty years, selling ice cream and novelties. Presently, the concession business continues as “Rausch Darby Kettle Korn,” traveling to craft shows, Ohio festivals and car shows. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Trinity grade school. He attended Marysville High School and was a 1952 graduate of Union Local High School in Milford Center. In 1989, he graduated from Clark Technical College in Springfield with a business degree. A sports enthusiast and outdoorsman, he was a Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and enjoyed fishing. A “snowbird,” he and his wife enjoyed wintering in Bradenton, Florida. He was born September 28, 1934 in Milford Center, Ohio to the late Herman D. and Florence Wolff Rausch and was also preceded in death in 1967 by his nine-year-old firstborn son, Kevin E. Rausch; a sister, Delores Black; and his father-and mother-in-law, LaVerne and Helen Kirby. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Glenna McBride Rausch, whom he married August 28, 1955 in Richwood; his children, Randy A. (Jayne) Rausch of Milford Center, Mona (John) Mapes of Milford Center and Brian K. (Cheri) Rausch of Marysville; six grandchildren, Mitch, Ashley, Cassie and Austin Rausch and Amanda and Adam Mapes; nieces and nephews, Debby (Bill) Galloway, Drudy (Mike) Yoakam and Donald (Pat) Black; an aunt, Leona Rausch of Marysville; and many extended relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Barry Scott will officiate and burial will follow at Union Township Cemetery in Milford Center. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville. Pallbearers will be Brian, Randy, Austin and Mitch Rausch and John and Adam Mapes. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Seiter, Jack Walsh and Boyd Rader. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and School or Filling Memorial Home of Mercy, N160 State Route 108, Napoleon, Ohio 43545, where his son, Kevin, lived and received care for spina bifida for many years prior to his death. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwood16.wpengine.com.
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