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Joseph John Rauch

July 17, 1932 ~ October 14, 2017 (age 85)

"Joseph John Rauch, 85, passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Vashon Community Care on Vashon Island, Washington. He was born July 17, 1932 in Uniontown Washington, to Joseph and Mary Rauch.

He grew up in Colton, Washington where he learned to work hard, hunt pheasant and acquired a taste for coffee at seven years old because he didn’t like drinking warm cow’s milk.  After high school he briefly attended Washington State College before enlisting in the US Air Force.  He served four years as a radar technician spending most of his time in the sub-arctic keeping an eye on Soviet aircraft.   After the Air Force he continued his education receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree from Seattle University.  

On January 7, 1956 he married Marian Elliott and had one son, Jon Rauch in 1958.

His career as a Seattle high school teacher saw him teaching at Rainier Beach High School, Madison Junior High and Garfield High School.  He taught a variety of subjects but was most known for his time as a wood shop teacher.  

At home he was a tinkerer who continually sought ways to get better gas mileage in his vehicles.  Mechanics were often taken aback after opening the hood to find an array of surgical tubing, coffee cans and mayonnaise jars attached to the complex engine components of modern engines.

Retirement was something of a rebirth for Joe, who devoted himself to creating art and taking art classes.  He created a minimum of three paintings a week for the next 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Marian, his parents and brothers Charles, Lawrence, Emery, Patrick, and Robert. 

Joe is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Jon and Melinda Rauch of Vashon, Washington, his sister Betty Wilsey of Lewiston, Id. and brother Jerome of Chicago, Ill, grandchildren April Green of Bellevue, WA. and Amber Rauch of Port Angeles, WA.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at St. Gall Cemetery, 101 Steptoe St. Colton, WA.   A reception will be held immediately following at the Colton Booster and Gun Club.

 Service Information

Graveside Service
November 4, 2017

2:00 PM
Gall's Cemetery
101 Steptoe Street
Colton, WA 99113

November 4, 2017

3:00 PM
Colton Bosster Gun Club
51 Church Street
Colton, WA 99113

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