Milton Rauenhorst, 1924-2014

Published 9:00 am Sunday, December 21, 2014

Milton Rauenhorst, 90, former long-time resident of Easton, was called home Thursday, December 18, 2014 at The Lodges of Burnsville. Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Jan. 19, 2015, at Our Lady

Milton Rauenhorst

Milton Rauenhorst

of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18, 2015, at the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and will continue one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Interment will be OLMC Cemetery, and the Rev. Jason Kern will officiate. Memorials are preferred to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church or Northfield Hospice. Please see to leave online condolences. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Wells is assisting the family.

Milton was born April 19, 1924, in Easton, the son of Alfred and Helen (Hefner) Rauenhorst in Barber Township, Faribault County. He was proud to graduate from Wells Public High School in 1941. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Grise on August 6, 1955, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. He was lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Easton.

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He was a lifetime dairy farmer on his family farm near Easton. In his retirement he worked as a driver for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, driving patients to their clinic appointments. He worked for an auto dealership, driving cars from Minneapolis to Wells. Milt stacked hay for neighbors. He was a member of the Foresters for 75 years and served as a secretary for the organization. He also monitored the weather for a local insurance company.

Milt enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as cruises. He enjoyed playing cards and actively enjoyed all of his seven grandchildren. He cherished the Easton community and his German heritage.

Milton is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathryn; children Teresa (Gregg) Heckley of Tampa, Fla., Julie (Jim Harney) Welsh of Naperville, Ill., Jerry of Mankato, Mary Kay (Chris) Coyne of Apple Valley and Kim of Mankato; grandchildren Mary and Thomas Welch V, Tyler Harney, Laura and Nicole Heckley and Katie and Kelly Coyne; sister, Betty (Larry) Thisius of Wells; brother-in-law, Tom Lubitz of Mapleton and sister-in-law, Marilyn Rauenhorst of Minnesota Lake; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings Donald (Darlene), Mary Jane (Harvey) Vogel, Melaine (James) Theede and Margaret Lubitz; son-in-law, Thomas Welsh IV; nieces Pamela Lubitz and Karen Thisius; and nephew, John Rauenhorst.