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John Rauss

   John E. Rauss, 60, passed away in the comfort of his home on Saturday, November 28, with his family by his side.

   John was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 13, 1960. He was a 1978 graduate of Richmond High School.
   John formerly worked for the Richmond Parks Department, back when they maintained the zoo at Glen Miller Park. He later farmed before taking a job with the Wayne County Highway Department. He retired in January 2020 after 32 years of service.

   John enjoyed riding dirt bikes and snowmobiles growing up. He loved spending time outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking or even just mowing the yard. In his younger years, he was an avid parachutist with many jumps under his belt. He enjoyed watching his children grow up and attending their activities and was looking forward to doing the same for his grandson.

   John will be missed by his wife of 28 years, Miki Rauss; daughter, Hannah Rauss; son, Logan Rauss; grandson, Greyson Rauss; sister, Lisa Baker & husband, Steve, of Greensburg; brother, Jeffrey Rauss; mother-in-law & father-in-law, Trinda & Roger Thomas; sisters-in-law, Rae Kidwell and Jamie Chancellor; brother-in-law, Barry Thomas; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

   John was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin J. & Mary Louise Welker Rauss; maternal and paternal grandparents and brother-in-law, Brian Thomas.

   Memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, December 2 at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US Highway 27, Fountain City.

   The funeral home will require all attendees to wear a mask while visiting. Plan to provide your own.

   Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078 or at give.reeve.org.    


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I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you and your family. There are so many good memories that come to mind when I think of John. Precious memories of the friendship between our families.

Nancy Wuertemberger Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of you! John was always so kind and nice....his Mother was always so proud of him.

Ruth Ann (Werner) Carter Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Prayers as you go thru this most difficult time in your loss of your best friend and beloved husband. Also, condolences to your family on the loss of their father, brother, friend, grandfather, and son-in-law. John will be missed by all who knew him. I will remember him as the soft-spoken gentle soul that he was.

Dot & Mark Schlegel Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rauss

Sharon Allen Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rauss

Lauri ramsey jackson Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Worked with John at County Highway, my deepest sympathy for family's loss! Bud Lairson

Bud Lairson Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Sending our LOVE

Ginger Gregory Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Rauss

Mary Kay Kidwell Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Miki, Logan, and Hannah
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of John. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Monica Kidwell-O'Brien

Monica Kidwell-O'Brien Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM