Bob Rauscher, 84, of Union, WA died on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the Alpine Way Retirement Center in Shelton. Bob was born on May 1, 1927 to George P. and Lillian Rauscher in Chicago, Illinois.
Bob moved to the Pacific Northwest at the age of 14 and attended school in Tacoma at Stadium High School before being drafted by the Army and serving in WWII. He also attended Pacific Lutheran University for a year. In November of 1989, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Christensen Jordan, in Tacoma, WA.
Robert was owner and operator of Tempo Construction before going to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad in land management. He retired from the railroad in the mid-1980s and designed and built a home overlooking Hood Canal in Union. Bob raced stock cars and midget cars in his youth and was instrumental in bringing auto racing to Mason and Pierce counties. He enjoyed boating and was a member of the Seattle Yacht Club. His hobbies in retirement included music and car restoration. He was a voracious reader, formidable scrabble player, avid football and baseball fan, and some of his happiest hours were spent listening to his wife play the piano. Bob was extremely fond of his prizewinning, registered Cairn terrier, “Bugsy Elfin”. Bob was a witty, sharp-minded conversationalist with a wonderful sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Union and stepson Dr. David Jordan of Richland, WA.
At his request, no services have been planned. Memorial donations can be made to Adopt-a-Pet, 940 E. Jenson Rd. Shelton, WA 98584 or any animal charity of the donor’s choice. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.