Harlan Rausch

Harlan Frank Rausch, 84, Tolstoy, SD died peacefully early morning December 28, 2019 at the Bowdle Hospital. He spent his last days surrounded by loved ones.

Harlan was born July 12, 1935 to William “Bill” and Alice (Meskel) Rausch in Hoven, SD, where he grew up and graduated from Hoven High School in 1953.

He went on to join the Army upon graduating high school.

After an honorable discharge, Harlan settled back home as a rancher, raising registered Hereford cattle for more than 73 years. In 1946 as a 4H member, Harlan owned one of the first females that started the Rausch Hereford Registered cow herd. He spent his life’s work in the advancement of registered Hereford cattle and building the Rausch Hereford brand. Harlan was in his element mingling with cattle buyers, mixing a blend of his knowledge of the industry and humor that brightened people’s days.

He married Mary Arlene Bertha on October 27, 1956 and they have been married ever since. Harlan and Mary were ‘two peas in a pod’.

Harlan was a proud member of the Hoven Legion Post and St. Anthony parish. Harlan was especially involved with the American Legion, by volunteering, helping fund-raise and attending national Legion conferences.

Harlan is survived by Mary, his wife of 63 years; He was also extremely supportive and proud of his seven children; Burt, Dale, Kevin, Gwen, Dan and his wife Shelly, Jill and her husband Rob, and Beth and her husband Chris.

Another of Harlan’s sources of joy were his twenty-three grandchildren, who also sought his affection. Harlan’s grandkids always brightened his days! They are: Rosemary and Ben Rausch (Burt); Brandon and Dana Rausch (Dale); Bret, Mica, Trevor, and Bailey Rausch (Kevin); Melanie, Stacy and Becky Furhmann (Gwen); Danny, Dominic, Mark and Madeleine (Dan); Kiya, Riley, Caston, Jayden, Brooklyn, and Kennady Stack (Jill); Kaylor and Trey Cox (Beth).

Everyone that knew him was aware the Harlan could never pass up a ball game. Over the years, Harlan attended countless baseball games, wrestling meets, basketball games, and football games, watching his kids and grandkids participate. Also, the Minnesota Twins have lost one of their most loyal fans. Even Mary enjoyed watching the Twins play on television as the two advanced in life.

Harlan was very close to all of his siblings; Renee (Rausch) Ihle, Eleanor (Rausch) Schmidt, Darrel and his wife Ruby, Vern and his wife Sharon, Jerry and his wife Vicky, and Charlyn Nickolas and her husband John.

He was preceded in death by his parents William (Bill) P. Rausch and Alice (Meskel) Rausch. He was also preceded in death by his older brothers Eugene, Virgil, Duane and brother-in-laws Lu Ihle and Larry (Lefty) Schmidt.

After Alice’s death Bill remarried Evelyn Garrity, bringing another 10 step brothers and sisters to Harlan’s life as well.

Casketbearers will be Benjamin Rausch of Los Angeles, CA; Brandon Rausch of Sioux Falls; Bret Rausch of Sterling, CO; Daniel J. Rausch of Minneapolis, MN; Riley Stack of Alba, TX; and Trey Cox of Tucson, AZ.

The Rausch’s prefer memorials. They should be made to the John J. Peter’s Legion Post No. 159, PO Box 91, Hoven, SD 57450 in Harlan’s name.

Services are in care of Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Friday, January 3, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hoven, SD, with Father Darin Schmidt, Celebrant. Interment, with military graveside rites by the John J. Peters American Legion Post No. 159, Hoven, SD, follows at the Church Cemetery. Organist will be Alice Simon; St. Anthony’s Church Choir will sing “On Eagle’s Wings”, “How Great Thou Art”, “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Song of Farewell”, “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”, and “America the Beautiful”;
and Sharon Rausch will sing “Ave Maria”. Offertory gift bearers will be four of Harlan’s children—Dale, Burton, Dan, and Jill. Lector will be Jerry Brickner and Mass Servers will be Connor Kaup and Jaxon Hartung. Eucharistic Ministers will be Tom Garrity and Jerry Brickner.

There will be a Wake Service at the Church 5:00 PM Thursday with visitation starting at 4:00 PM.

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