Edward Joseph "Ed" Rausch, 83, was born July 10, 1930, and passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
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He was born in Louisville, the third of Harry and Mary Estelle Rausch's eight children. A graduate of Manual High School, he received a certificate of Chemistry from the University of Louisville in 1959. Ed spent 45 years in the aluminum industry. Starting with Cochran Foil, he stayed with the company through several name changes to retire from Alcan Aluminum.
In high school, Ed ran track. He also played baseball in leagues for his company team and claimed he taught Paul Hornung to play football in neighborhood games. Ed loved to tell stories, most of which were true. He was an impressive amateur handicapper and carried his passion for the art of horseracing late into his life.
Ed loved to fish and he and his second wife, Peggy, moved to Rough River Lake upon retirement. Most recently he lived at Atria Assisted Living in Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Jean Nalty; and second wife, Peggy Josephine Couch; a son, David Harrison Rausch; a grandson, Christopher Allen Kidd; and four siblings Lannus, Harry and Jerry Rausch and Mary Lee Burke.
Survivors include four daughters, Kathleen Decker (Vincent), Cynthia Allar (Frances Nicholson), Allison Kidd (Steve) and Jackie Huff (John); three brothers, Thomas (Mary Jane), Henry "Hank" (Doris) and Stephen D. (Carol) Rausch; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville. Cremation will follow.
Burial will be private in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may take the form of donation to the
Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home
3800 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40218
Published in The News-Enterprise on Sept. 13, 2013