March 11, 2017
- 2:00 PM
March 11, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Nicholas passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at his home in Fargo, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, surrounded by his loving family.
Nicholas Joseph Rausch was born on January 30, 1934, the son of Matt and Edith (Schockman) Rausch in Berlin, ND. He grew up in this area and graduated from High School. Nicholas proudly served his country in the United States Air Force entering service in 1953. Following his discharge he returned to North Dakota and was united in marriage to Merlyn Good on August 8, 1958 in Valley City, ND. They made their home in Wahpeton, ND where he attended North Dakota State School of Science. After his graduation he worked for Park Grant in Wahpeton before moving to Fargo where they raised their family. In Fargo, Nicholas was a longtime employee of Western Paper. He and his brother, Jim, also owned and operated Rausch’s Liquor Store in Moorhead for many years.
Throughout the years, Nicholas loved spending days on the golf course – his favorite being in Hawley, MN. He made many friends while he managed “Rausch’s” softball team. In later years, he and many of his family members looked forward to their yearly trips to Arizona to visit Mike. Nicholas loved his family and cherished all of the time he could spend with them. He will be remembered for the many hours of family time spent around the bonfires he built.
Nicholas is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Merlyn of Fargo; his children – Rebecca (Greg) Savageau of Argusville, ND; Beth (Rudy) Desotel of Fargo; and Mike (Kandis) Rausch of Phoenix, AZ; his grandchildren – Kellie (Chris) Rivard, Jessica (Mitch) Goodmanson, Nicole (Bryan) McClean, Nicholas Rausch, Derek (Jennifer) Hinkle, Ashley (Joe) Hinkle, and Taylor Preston; and his 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother, John (Mary Kay) Rausch.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2 PM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo
GATHERING: one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Saturday.
MILITARTY FUNERAL HONORS: Moorhead American Legion and the United States Air Force