Richard Rauch

Richard J. Rauch of Fredonia was on a fishing trip to Eagle River when he died on Friday, June 14.

Mr. Rauch, who was 65, was doing what he loved — spending time outdoors, his wife Madonne said.

“He was a great outdoorsman,” she said. “He loved being outside.”

It was a passion he passed onto his children and grandchildren, she added.

“I think they loved being with him more than anything,” his wife said.

Mr. Rauch enjoyed fishing, especially trips to Canada with his family, and hunting turkey, but his real passion was bow hunting for white-tail deer, his wife said.

“He got a lot of them,” she said.

He loved to hunt with his family at Sedlacek Farm near Cornell in northern Wisconsin, his wife said.

Mr. Rauch also was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

 “One of the highlights of his life was meeting (quarterback) Bart Starr,” his wife said.

Mr. Rauch met the Hall of Fame quarterback at a cancer walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo and chatted with him, she noted.

He was also a faith-filled man who loved being part of Divine Savior Parish and enjoyed the pastor, Father Todd Budde.

“He loved God, his family and the Green Bay Packers,” his wife said.

Mr. Rauch was born on Aug. 7, 1953, in Milwaukee, the son of Richard and Valene Wallace Rauch.

He married Madonne Kaczmarek.

“He was a big guy, a good guy,” his wife said. “He was very outgoing and could talk to anybody. He was honest to a fault.”

Mr. Rauch worked for L&S Insulation in Milwaukee and Express Insulation in Theresa.

He was known to his friends as “Richie Rauch the Pipe Wrapper,” and retired after 40 years in the business to become a full-time grandfather to his four grandchildren.

 “He adored his grandchildren,” his wife said.

He also loved his cat and dogs, Zofia, Nadia and Gideon, who was better known as Little Boy.

“He loved animals,” his wife said.

 Mr. Rauch was a member of Local 19 Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers.

Mr. Rauch is survived by his wife Madonne of Fredonia; sons Shane (Terri) of Fredonia and Jon (Laura) of Random Lake; and grandchildren Anthony, Nathan, Sloane and Sawyer “Grace.”

He is further survived by his siblings, twin Linda Rauch of Port Washington, Connie Rauch of Tinley Park, Ill., Dean of Oshkosh and Ward of Michigan; sisters-in-law Karen Rosanske of Kewaskum, Carol Schmidt of Richfield and Ann Brower of the Town of Erin; and brothers-in-law Mark Kaczmarek of Utah, Martin Kaczmarek of Jackson and Andre Kaczmarek of Hartford.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Valene, in-laws George and Cecilia Kaczmarek and brother-in-law Ralph Bahrke and Blair Rauch.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Divine Savior Catholic Parish, Holy Cross Chapel in Belgium. Father Todd Budde will officiate.

Visitation will be at the church Friday from 3:30 p.m. until the service.

Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Belgium.

Memorials to Divine Savior Catholic Parish are suggested.

Funeral arrangements are being handled through Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.



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