Melvin William Rauch Sr. of St. Charles
A funeral Mass for Melvin William Rauch Sr., 75, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 408 Cedar St., St. Charles, with Monsignor Joseph B. Linster, celebrant. Born Jan. 6, 1929, in Jasper County, Ill., the son of William and Alma (nee Kistner) Rauch, he died Monday, April 26, 2004, at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva. Mr. Rauch, an avid fisherman and hunter, who liked to work with his hands, retired from Moline Malleable, Inc., as a foreman. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church for more than 45 years. Melvin was more than a father and father-in-law, he was a friend.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Erma; children, William (Linda) Rauch of Geneva, John (Debra) Rauch of St. Charles, Norine (Dr. Albert) Smith of Lyford, Texas, Irene (Ronald) Hammer of Elgin, Ramona (Michael) Fales of Yorba Linda, Calif., Mary (Terry) Vedin of Batavia, Katherine (William) Lothian of Miami, Fla., Barbara (Robert) Pittan of Hampshire, Patricia Barney of Yorba Linda, Lisa Rauch of St. Charles and Melvin Jr. (Kimberly) Rauch of North Aurora; son-in-law, Charles S. Burris; grandchildren, Steven (Jennifer) Burris, Jennifer and Patrick Burris, Andrea Rauch, Elisabeth, Katherine, Alexandria and Andrew Rauch; Aaron Smith, Robert (Jodi) Hammer, Randall, Russell and Jessica Hammer, Amy Luke and Lucy Vedin, Margaret Lothian, Valerie, Michael and Deborah Pittan, Justin and Garrett Barney , Dexter, DaMario and Dominique Rauch, and Joshua, Jonathan and Amber Rose Rauch; great- grandchildren, Grant and Jack Burris; sisters, Lavera Bryan of Ingraham, Ill. …