GREAT VALLEY – Ernest H. Rau Jr., 91, of Porter Hollow Road, died Friday morning, (Sept. 14, 2012), at Olean General Hospital, following a short illness.
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Born on Dec. 26, 1920, in Salamanca, he was the son of the late Ernest and Anna (Miller) Rau Sr. He was married in Daytona Beach, Fla. on March 28, 1989, to Diana Hartwell Rau, who survives.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II.
Rau was a builder, an artist/sculptor, and sportsman.
He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed sculpting, hunting, fishing and building.
Surviving besides his wife are: two sons, William P. Warner of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Ernest Rau III of Nassau, N.Y.; three daughters, Melanie Hinatsu of New York City, Stephanie (Nick) Santaquilani of Crown Point, Ind., Christina (James) Horn of Qatar; nine grandchildren including Ernest H. Rau IV and Jacob Rau; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; two cousins, Douglas (Katherine) Rau of Salamanca and William Rau of Porter Hollow in Great Valley.
He was predeceased by a brother, Dean Rau and a sister, Marion Rau.
Memorial visitation was held in the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, N.Y. on Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2012), from 2-4 p.m. at which time a memorial service was held with Rev. Michael Lonto, pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, officiating.
Full military honors were conducted by members of the American Legion Post #535 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post #5296.
Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the National Rifle Association.
Emails can be sent to john @orourke-orourke.com.
Published in The Salamanca Press from Sept. 19 to Oct. 18, 2012