FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — Paul David Rausch, SGM, U.S. Army
(retired), 70, of Fairway Oaks, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania went to be
with the Lord on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Johns Hopkins Hospital,
Baltimore, Maryland. He was born Sept. 29, 1946 in Bluffton to the late
Harold and Helen (Searson) Rausch and he is survived by his loving wife
Linda D. (Bender) Rausch.
Paul grew up on the family farm outside
of Jenera in Hancock County. He attended Trinity Lutheran Elementary
School in Jenera and graduated with the Ada High School Class of 1964.
He then attended Springfield and Clark County Technical School in
Paul was drafted into the United States Army in
June of 1967 and became a career soldier serving in Vietnam, Thailand,
Korea, Germany, and the Netherlands as well as various stateside
assignments including twice at Fort Ritchie, Maryland. Upon retirement
from the Army in 1990, Paul was employed by Citigroup in State Line,
Maryland. Paul worked as a customer service representative and as a unit
manager. He retired from Citi in 2009 after 17 years.
He was an
avid model railroader having built several basement sized layouts in his
homes over the years. He was a charter member of the Waynesboro Model
Railroad Club and served as its treasurer and president. He also was a
member of the National Model Railroad Association and served as
superintendent of the local South Mountain Division for three years.
was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waynesboro and served
in several capacities including on the Church Council, as an Assistant
Minster, as a Lector, and for many years an usher.
In addition to
his wife, Paul is survived by two daughters, Melinda Protsch of
Hagerstown, Maryland and Sheila Rostek and her husband Richard of
Hagerstown; eight grandchildren, Kodi (Leeann) Protsch of Waynesboro,
Colin Protsch, Christopher Protsch both of Hagerstown, Connor Protsch of
Cascade, MD, Kelton Protsch, Emma Protsch, Richard Rostek III and
Anthony Rostek all of Hagerstown; three great-grandchildren; two
sisters, Barbara Roidt her husband, Francis of Jenera, and Sarah Kelly
of Lafayette; one brother, John (Bonnie) Rausch of Wapakoneta;
sister-in-law, Janice Rausch of Forest; and numerous nieces and nephews.
addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers,
William Rausch and Norman Allen Rausch; and one sister-in-law, Edna
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 17, in The
Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church Street, Waynesboro, with
Pastor Dennis Beaver and Pastor Drahus Oslik officiating. Full military
honors will be conducted at the church by the honor guard of Charles
Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post #1599, Chambersburg.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday morning, in the church.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical
Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268 or the
American Heart Association at www.heart.org
Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com