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September 6, 2013

Theodore F. 'Ted' Rausch

WINAMAC — Theodore F. “Ted” Rausch, 61, Winamac, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

He was born Jan. 8, 1952, in Logansport, to Casper and Frances Reidelbach Rausch. Ted was married on Sept. 10, 1976, in Winamac, to Karla Jo Knebel. She passed away on Jan. 9, 1979.

He was a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac, and the Knights of Columbus.

Ted was a former Pulaski County Commissioner, serving two terms from 1993-2000, and a former member of the Pulaski County Council from 2001-2004.

He was appointed to serve as the Pulaski County Recycling Manager in 2001 and served in that capacity until 2007. He was also named the Transfer Station Manager and was in that position from 2002-2007. Ted was a member of the Northwest Indiana Solid Waste Board from 2001-2007.

Ted was a farmer for all of his life. He also had worked for Rife Heavy Duty Truck Parts and Jim Berry and Sons.

He loved Indiana University basketball and was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed playing cards, and truck and tractor pulling.

Survivors include: son, Casey Eskridge, Indianapolis; daughter, Haylee (Matthew) Smolek, San Pierre; daughter, Teddi Rausch, Winamac; grandaughter, Hanna Eskridge, Indianapolis; grandson, Haydyn Smolek, San Pierre; grandson, Rowyn Smolek, San Pierre; granddaughter, Hattly Smolek, San Pierre; step-daughter, Kylie (Eddie) Molebash, Rochester; step-grandson, Braiden Molebash, Rochester; step-granddaughter, Aiden Molebash, Rochester; sisters, Carolyn (Ken) Harpole, Bartlesville, Okla., and Deborah (Mark) Moss, Burnettsville; brothers, Donald (Bea) Rausch, Winamac, Robert Rausch, Lansdale, Pa.; also several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Casper Christian Rausch; mother, Frances E. Reidelbach Rausch; wife, Karla Knebel Rausch; and daughter, Cassidy Kenzie Rausch.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman and Rev. Edward Clark officiating. Burial will take place in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Winamac.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Frain Mortuary. The Scriptural Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to a college fund for Teddi Rausch or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.

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