July 11, 1924 - February 1, 2014
Jerome (Jerry) Rauscher was born in Sutton, Nebraska on July 11, 1924 to Henry and Pauline (Alt) Rauscher. He died on February 1, 2014 at his home in Forest Grove after suffering a stroke. He was 89 years old.
Jerry graduated from Sutton High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army in 1944, but was discharged after receiving an eye injury during training. He met Patricia Hickenbottom while attending Pacific University; he and Pat were married in 1946 and lived in Forest Grove for their entire marriage.
Jerry worked for Millers Hardware, Mayflower Dairy, Davidsons Sunbeam Bread, Langendorf Bakery and Franz Bakery, and retired in 1984.
Jerry was a member of the Forest Grove United Church of Christ for over 65 years, where he sang in the choir. He also sang with the Westside Singers (formerly the Forest Grove Gleemen and Girls) from 1946 to 2011.
After retirement, Jerry and Pat enjoyed traveling and going camping in their fifth wheel. They also lived part of the year in California and Arizona, spending many winters at Indian Skies Resort in Coolidge, Arizona.
Jerry is survived by his wife Pat and children Beth Armstrong (Steve) of Fremont, CA; Nancy Stites (Dale Imbleau) of Portland; Ken Rauscher (Ann Root)of Seattle and Terri Clay (Paul) of La Habra, CA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Chris Armstrong, Lindy Brown, Jacob Imbleau, Brian Foley, Audrey Foley-Thornburgh, Shannon Clay, Kara Clay, and Tim Clay, and six great grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by his brother Bob Rauscher (Barbara) of Hillsboro and sister Ramona Nuss of Lincoln, NE.
A memorial service will be held February 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way. Donations in Jerrys memory may be made to the Organ Refurbishment Fund at the United Church of Christ, PO Box 265, Forest Grove, OR 97116, or to Valley Art Association, PO Box 333, Forest Grove, OR 97116.
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