Dr. Elmer John Rauckman, Ph.D., 67, of Freeburg, Ill., born Dec. 19, 1945, in East St. Louis, Ill., died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence.
Dr. Rauckman received a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University, Durham, N.C. He was a professor at Duke University from 1978 to 1983. He worked with the National Toxicology Program from 1983 to 1988, with Hoechst Celanese Toxicology from 1988 to 1998, and served as a private consultant Toxicologist from 1998 to 2012. Elmer was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Joseph and Isabel P., nee Kassly, Rauckman; and a sister, Victoria Rauckman.
Surviving are his loving wife Susan, nee Thoma, Rauckman; five children, Diana Rauckman (Dave Schoenbaum), Carolyn (Joseph) Gorman, Nichole (Keith) Casey, Joelle (Mark) Hines, and Joseph Stabinsky Jr.; seven grandchildren, Isabel Rauckman, Leann and Kailyn Gorman, Kamden and Madelyn Casey, and Cole and Ryan Hines; and a brother, Michael (Janet) Rauckman.
Memorials may be made to Friends of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, Ill., with Chaplain Cathy Knowlton officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Freeburg, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 11, 2013