Theodore "Ted" Rausch (1934 - 2010)

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Theodore "Ted" Rausch, 75, of Meredosia, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

He was born Oct. 30, 1934, in Meredosia, the son of Albert W. and Opal Bunch Rausch. He married Sandra "Jug" Little on July 26, 1956, in Meredosia, and she survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Natalie (Bill) O'Connell of Meredosia; two sons, Todd (Sherry) Rausch of College Station, Texas, and Travis (Stephanie) Rausch of Farmer City; eight grandchildren, Darin O'Connell of Champaign, Drew and Doriana O'Connell, both of Meredosia, Dana O'Connell of Charleston, Kaylee Rausch of Austin, Texas, Lucas Rausch of College Station, Texas, and Sydney and Cooper Rausch, both of Farmer City; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Lee Rausch of Meredosia and Leroy (Brenda) Rausch of Jacksonville; three sisters, Doris Ransom of Meredosia, Nancy Rankin of Newark and Marjorie (Jack) Morrell of Meredosia; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Albert DuWayne Rausch.

Mr. Rausch was a 1952 graduate of Meredosia High School and served in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. He was employed at Ameren/CIPS in Meredosia for over 43 years, retiring in 1996. He served on the Meredosia City Council for 13 years and was a member of Meredosia American Legion Post 516. Ted enjoyed travelling, fishing and attending his grandchildren's numerous events.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia, with burial at Oakland Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation, friends may call from 3-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Meredosia Rescue Squad. Family and friends are welcome to sign the online register book at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Sept. 10, 2010
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