Lt. Col. Charles F. Raus (Ret.) Charles Raus quietly passed on November 14, 2013 with his daughter by his side. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Willa Christine Raus. Charles was born and raised in San Francisco before moving to Fresno. He graduated from Fresno State and enlisted as an officer in the United States Air Force
, serving during WWII
. Lt. Col. Raus was a decorated pilot, flying C-47s in the European Theater, dropping paratroopers and supplies behind enemy lines. After the war he returned to Fresno, married Christine, raised two children and owned his own scaffolding business. He retired from business to spend the next 30 years in the mountains around Shaver Lake. He loved to fish for trout in and around Shaver and Cedar Grove. Remodeling almost anything, cutting cords of wood for winter, downhill skiing until the age of 80 and taking up water color painting kept him busy. He was known for his "can do" attitude and doing things "his way". He will be missed by those who knew him. Charles is survived by his daughter, Kathryn (Ralph) Weber of Visalia, son Bob (Lor-Rae) Raus of Fresno, two grandsons, Edward Raus of Fresno, Ryan (Vee) Weber, his great granddaughter Tehya of Kona, Hawaii and and his sister Fran Lucas and her family of Gold River, CA. Services with military honors will be held at the National Cemetery in Bakersfield in the spring.