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 Springfield, Ohio.

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.

Paul 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.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, William Rausch and Norman Allen Rausch; and one sister-in-law, Edna Rausch.

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.

In 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