Jackie R. Rauch, 90, a resident of Calumet passed away at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming.
He was born on July 25, 1928 in Raymbaultown a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Sustrich) Rauch.
Jackie graduated with the class of 1946 from Sacred Heart High School in Laurium and was a member of the basketball team that took second place in the state finals. After his graduation Jackie served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Locally he worked at the Calumet A&P and was the manager of the store until its closing in 1975. He also was the past steward of the Teamsters & Chauffer’s Union 328.
Jackie enjoyed hunting, and was a member of Camp Nuttin in Nisula, fishing, bowling, dancing and was a big sports enthusiast.
He was a life member of the VFW Post 3900, DAV, Court North Star No. 17 Foresters of America, St. Peters Society KSKJ No. 30, St. Paul the Apostle Church and the former Men’s Club at St. Paul the Apostle. Jackie also proudly served as a very dependable usher for the Catholic Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents, sisters: Emma Sister Ricarda, Helen, Jean and Clarice brothers: Richard and Elmer.
Surviving are: 5 Daughters: Roxanne Rauch of Ishpeming, Renee Rauch of Las Vegas, NV, Connie (Pete) Koski of Champion, MI, Julie (Mark) Hanson of Auburn, Washington and Terri (Rauch) Hall of Las Vegas, NV.
5 Grandchildren: Justin (Amanda) McCormack, Mallory (Patrick) Scanlon, Renell, Bronson and Seth.
4 Great Grandchildren: Allison, Jackson, Grayson and Dylan
Brothers: Max Rauch of Calumet, Fred (Laverne) Rauch of Calumet and Florian Rauch of Calumet Waterworks
Many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Medical needs led Jackie to become a two year resident at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility, also known as Valenti.
He proudly rode on their car float in the past two 4th of July and Pioneer Day Parades.
Jackie worked very hard at physical therapy and had fun playing Bingo. A giver and receiver of countless hugs, he was equally ready to prattle on with his wonderful caretakers about his favorite Detroit Sport Teams. MCMCF was more than a care facility to Jackie. They made him feel at home. He was known to brighten everyone’s day with his beautiful smile and cheerful greetings. He was considered an angel of mercy as he lovingly comforted and held the hand of several roommates in their final days before they went home to be with the Lord. The employees became like family to Jackie as they vigilantly took tender and loving care of him every minute of every day. Jackie’s fondness for them was reciprocated to the extent that staff expressed their feelings of grief and loss of Jackie by saying “He was the heart of the 200 wing!”
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM in St. Paul the Apostle Church in Calumet with Fr. Gracious Pulimoottil to officiate and Deacon Art Stancher to assist.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10-12:00 noon at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.
Burial with military honors will be held in the spring at the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com