Obit: Rau, Henry W. (1889 - 1971)

Contact: Linda Mertens

Surnames: Rau, Petzold, Swikla, Kollath, Genrich, Rankl, Carlson, Tischendorf, Schumacker, Tauchen, Malchow

----Source - Anna Johnson's Scrapbook

Henry W. Rau (25 Jan 1889 - 24 Sep 1971)

Funeral services for Henry W. Rau, 82, were held Saturday from Peace United Church of Christ here (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI). Rev. Milton Petzold, pastor, officiated at the 2:30 p.m. rites. Mrs. Daniel Swikla was organist, and Mrs. Alice Kollath sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer."

Burial was in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery under direction of Maurina Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Otto Genrich, Clarence Rankl, Lloyd Carlson, Paul Tischendorf, Nick Schumacker, and Vincent Tauchen.

Mr. Rau died Thursday, Sept. 23, at about 3:00 a.m., in Colonial Nursing Home, Colby, where he had resided the past 10 months. He had been in good health and was active until suffering a stroke Sept. 19, 1970.

Henry William Rau was born Jan. 5, 1889, in Port Washington and when nine years old came to Dorchester community with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rau. The family settled the farm in the town of Mayville which was his lifelong home. He and Marie Malchow were married Apr. 21, 1915, in then Peace Evangelical and Reformed Church. They farmed the home place. She died Aug. 18, 1966.

He was a member of Peace United Church of Christ and served on the church council 15 years; he was clerk of the Cleveland school district 15 years, and had been a member of the Mayville town board.

Surviving are a daughter, Ann, at home; five sons: Frederic, Milwaukee; Robert, Oak Creek; Melvin, Williamsburg, Va.; George and William, town of Mayville; and 17 grandchildren.

Another son died in infancy, and besides his wife, a brother also preceded him in death.



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