Robert Joseph Rauen

Robert Joseph Rauen

Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 25 Oct 2015 (aged 79)
Saint Ansgar, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA
Burial Lyle, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 154263466 · View Source
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[from the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary website,, retrieved 27 Oct. 2015]

Robert J. Rauen, 79 of Northwood, Iowa, died Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

Robert Joseph Rauen was born on June 8, 1936 to William & Marie (Retterath) Rauen in Adams, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Adams High School. He entered into the United States Army in December of 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1958, serving three of those in Germany.

He started his construction career in high school while helping to build his family's home. After his discharge from the Army, he returned home and began working at Thill Implement, Rose Creek, MN and the Oliver Plant in Charles City, IA. Bob then began his career in heavy construction in 1969, building numerous waste water treatment plants and ethanol plants in the upper Midwest and culminating in his position as an Owner's Representative in the construction of the Absolute Energy Ethanol Plant, Lyle, MN, being right next door to the family farm. He retired for the final time at the completion of the plant in 2007. They resided at the farm from 1969 to 2012 when they moved to Northwood, IA.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, football, golfing and traveling throughout the world. He loved playing cards, rarely missing a chance to play, whether it was with his wife, family or friends. He was a life time member of the Lyle American Legion Post 105 where he was past Commander.

Bob and Carol (Young) were married at The Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa on December 11, 1965.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jay, granddaughter Jennifer, sister and brother in-law Louise and Gary Speltz and niece Sandy Thomas.

Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Carol. His children: Gary (Tammy), Austin, MN; Deb of Mason City, IA; Shelly (Sam), Northwood, IA; Todd (Gail), Byron, MN; daughter in-law: Nancy, Austin, MN; 14 grandchildren: Dezi, Rosalie, Katie, Angie, Sam, Tom, Brad, Nicole, Robyn, Cody, Travis, Ramona, Brandi, Holly and six great grandchildren; brothers: Ed (Mary Lou) Rauen, DuWayne (Bea) Rauen and sister: Gin (Vince) Stienessen and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lyle with Father Swaminatha Pothireddy officiating. Interment will be at Woodbury Cemetery. Lyle Post #105 American Legion is in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be at the church on Friday morning for one hour before the service.

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  • Created by: Mitch Helle
  • Added: 26 Oct 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 154263466
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Joseph Rauen (8 Jun 1936–25 Oct 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 154263466, citing Woodbury Cemetery, Lyle, Mower County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Mitch Helle (contributor 48566657) .